This can be hard at times. To be honest with you this is something I have failed at over and over and over again. Staying planted…staying faithful… whatever you want to call it, it’s hard. If you are anything like me, I see the end, or the dream, or the life “they” are living that I want, or the life I thought I would be living by this time but I am not, and then you make a rash decision that seems like it will lead you to that “life” quicker than the path you are on now only to find out… it’s a lie. You find out that the things you were supposed to learn in the last position are still the same things the Lord is trying to teach you wherever you landed. It doesn’t matter where you landed because…
It’s not about the position, it’s about the purpose.
Our job, our title, our bank account, our family life… everything has a season. Good seasons are better than bad seasons, yes, I couldn’t agree more, but the lessons we learn in those bad seasons, if we will allow them too, draw us so much closer to the Lord and show us so much more about His faithfulness to us. Those lessons prepare us for the purpose He has for us.
I have been reading through the book of 1 Samuel and I am just captivated by David. I know that David & Goliath is pretty much in the top 5 of the most popular Bible stories, but I am captivated by the “Pre-Goliath” David. This David was a just a Shepard boy that kept watch of the families sheep & goats. A low position. A position so low that when Samuel came to David’s father’s house to anoint the next king, David’s father didn’t even mention him in the line up! But the Lord saw David. Sometimes you may feel hidden, forgotten or passed over… but take heart because the Lord SEES you and He sees me too. Even in those seasons where it may not feel like it.
David was faithful to his position and to his God. David had a heart after God and that is what the Lord saw. I just can’t imagine how hard, scary and frustrating some days of David’s life as a Shepard were, how unseen he had to have felt. David daily protected his herd and fought off the predators that were trying to attack them. His position at times had to be scary. But in the midst of that position the Lord was teaching him what he was capable of. He was showing David how strong he was and most of all he was showing David that HE was with him in this position and in whatever battle that David would face.
On the day that David would kill Goliath, David was just being faithful to his position, like every other day. David’s father Jesse asked David to bring some food to his brothers that were in the battle, so he did just that. David however had no idea that this day would be the day that his current position had trained him for. You see, we have such limited vision. We can’t see all that the Lord is doing behind the scenes on our behalf. We can’t see the whys, we don’t have all of the answers, He just wants us to be faithful and trust Him. When David arrived he heard Goliath yelling and taunting the Israelite army about their God, the God David served and loved. David was infuriated that no one was doing anything about it so he took matters into his own hands. David’s brothers as well as the king told him he couldn’t do it, they told him he was too small, they told him he should just go back and tend to his sheep… but David knew the Lord was with him… why was he so confident in this? Because David had watched the Lord help him fight off every predator that came his way so far, so why would the Lord let Him down now? So David faced Goliath and said…
“You come to me with a sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s armies- the God of the armies of Israel who you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you…” 1 Samuel 17: 46-47a NLT
And as the story goes… David defeated Goliath… but as David said … the Lord conquered Goliath… David was just the vessel He used. David was able to be that vessel because he was willing to be faithful in the position that he was in. He was able to be the vessel because he was willing to stay planted in the hard times to see that there was a greater purpose than what his current position looked like.
Maybe you are like me. Maybe you get too far ahead of yourself and try to push forward on a path that hasn’t been cleared for you to walk through yet. Stay faithful. Stay planted. Allow the Lord to show you what all He has for you in this season, soak every bit of it in so that on the day of battle we can turn to whatever we are facing and say boldly like David “You come to me with a sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord… today the Lord will conquer you…” David was able to face Goliath and move forward in his purpose with bold faith and confidence because he experienced the Lord’s faithfulness over and over and over again and he remained faithful to the position the Lord had him in. Remember it’s not about the position… it’s about the purpose.