Friday, December 14, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 18

Day 18 - Friday, December 14th, 2018

Dead-End Job: Preparation for the Future

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3)

God put David in the fields taking care of the sheep. In that most unlikely place, God taught David some wonderful skills ~ one of which was how to kill a lion and a bear. As a shepherd, David had plenty of time to perfect his skill as a marksman. He worked with that slingshot until he was an expert, in that seemingly unimportant, going-no-place job of taking care of dumb sheep!

I look back on my life and realize that in those quiet times of my life, when it looked like nothing was happening, I was learning skills and doing things which have equipped me to do what God has for me to do now. God is so efficient, and he knows how to prepare us for the job ahead.

David didn't know, when he was tending sheep, that God was preparing him to be king. He had no idea. But he did that job well and, while he was doing it, God was quietly training him for great things. His skill with a slingshot enabled him to kill Goliath, which started a chain of events that eventually elevated him to the throne. His future as king began in those lonely fields, shooting stones from a slingshot day in and day out.

If you're in the training fields right now, don't blow that opportunity to develop your own gifts. You never know what God has planned for you just around the corner.

Today's Challenge:
To be patient in my job, realizing that God may be preparing me for something greater through my experience in this current job.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, I know that I can trust your timing in my life. And I know that you never waste anything, so I believe that even in my present job, you are working something out for my good. Though I can't see what that is now, I thank you for it, and ask for patience to wait for it.

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