Updated: Dec 20, 2022
OUR IMMEDIATE purpose in life should not be to win necessarily but to glorify God in all our efforts.
So it is not your business to succeed but to do right. When you have done so, the rest lies with God - CS Lewis.
At one point, Saul was jealous of David. And he repeatedly tried to kill him—but David concerned himself with doing what was right.
What did David do?
He took God's Value.
WHEN DAVID looked at life with the eye of faith, he found it vital to please God as he could differentiate right from wrong.
The Word of God became a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. (Ps. 119:105)
His faith in God was his perception against the deception of the enemy. So when Abishai wanted him to take Saul's life, he said:
As the Eternal One lives, his time will come. Then, the Eternal will strike him down; he will die or go into battle one day and be slain. (1 Sam. 26:10)
And as he looked at Saul through the eye of God, love became his companion, and mercy became his virtue. So he considered Saul's life precious and spared it.
When you look at life with the eye of faith, you express your love through your obedience to Him.
He took God's Promises
THE PROMISES of God gave him hope—and through them, he held on.
He remembered what transpired when the prophet visited his home. He knew the promise was God's to keep.
So he said: I wait for the Lord; my whole being remains, and I put my hope in his word. (Ps. 130:5-6)
Abraham still hoped and believed when there was nothing left to hope for, so he became a father of nations. (Rom. 4:18)
Simeon did a similar thing, and in due season, he saw the Messiah. (Luke 2:25-35)
There's a miracle in waiting on the Lord.
Faith in God is an expression of love through obedience to Him
He took in God's Purpose.
GOD DOESN'T WANT anything from you. He wants you - CS Lewis.
David said: Your word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)
He understood his purpose, so he carefully made his choices—and every situation became a test.
He took in God's humility.
WHEN THE KING called out to him, he treated Saul with respect.
"Why is my Lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?
Do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea—as one hunts a partridge in the mountains." (1 Sam. 26:19-20)
David humbled himself before God so that God would lift him. His success was not hinged on his skills but on God deciding the outcome.
He accepted God's future.
THESE WERE TRYING TIMES for him, but he knew where to go when he was weary.
Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth, I will cry to You. Then, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Ps. 61:1-2)
To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. (Psalm 25:1-2)
You may not know what tomorrow holds, but you know who holds the day.
When you can't, you go to the One who can!
He gave thanks.
A LIFE without thanksgiving is an anomaly! Whenever you are ungrateful, you play god.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you.
When David looked at his father's house, he gave thanks. (2 Sam. 7:18-29)
He started many of his psalms by thanking and praising God. He was a man of immense gratitude.
THE BIBLE calls him a man after God's heart because he loved the Lord; he was faithful to Him and quickly repentant when he sinned.
You can never do right before God without loving Him. And you cannot love God without knowing Him.
For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Now that you know God loves you give your life to Him!