Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a letter from Brother Gary Savelli
Good morning John.
I enjoyed reading the story of David and Goliath last night for the first time in a good while.
One thing that stood out to me in the story reading it through this time was that David had no clue about what God was going to do with him that day. He thought he was “bringing cheese” to the armies and his brothers according to his father’s instructions. That’s all he knew at that point.
I saw in that story that I really have no clue what God will do for me tomorrow either. The best attitude is to listen and willingly do what work my Father has for me today. David thought he was “bringing cheese”, but God saw it as an opportunity to raise up a man after His own heart and win a mighty battle.
It made me want to listen carefully to the Father’s voice and work. We don’t know what “unseen” opportunity may be just around the corner, some small work or deed that He tells me to do could be a life-changing experience. Makes one excited to live another day! Who knows!
I have thought many times about David, playing his instrument alone in the field as he kept his father’s sheep. He didn’t have an agent promoting his “career”, didn’t advertise his talent or his songs, and wasn’t part of a band traveling on a concert tour. By every indication in the Bible, he was a simple and hard-working young man content with his small place in this life as a shepherd. And yet, when God wanted him, God put it in someone’s heart to mention the young minstrel to King Saul when a musician was needed in the king’s court. So began one of the most extraordinary lives ever lived on earth.
It is entirely up to God to choose to use us or to leave us on the shelf. Patience is contentment with whatever choice God is making right now concerning us.
PS When Brother Glen was a boy listening to a church choir sing the hymn “Bringing in the Sheaves”, he thought they were saying “Bringing in the cheese”. I see now that he might have had something there, after all. Just look at David!