1 Samuel 17:34 – “And there came a lion.”
Tonight I was really inspired by a devotional I read from “Streams In The Desert” so I’d like to use today’s devotional to share it with you:
It is a source of inspiration and strength for us to remember how the youthful David trusted God. Through his faith in the Lord, he defeated a lion and a bear and later overthrew the mighty Goliath. When the lion came to destroy his flock, it came as a wonderful opportunity for David. If he had faltered and failed, he would have missed God’s opportunity for him and probably would never have been the Lord’s chosen king of Israel.
“And there came a lion.” Normally we think of a lion not as a special blessing from the Lord but only as a reason for alarm. Yet the lion was God’s opportunity in disguise. Every difficulty and every temptation that comes our way, if we receive it correctly, is God’s opportunity.
When a “lion” comes to your life, recognize it as an opportunity from the Lord, no matter how fierce it may outwardly seem. Even the tabernacle of God was covered with badger skins and goat hair. No one would think there would be any glory there, yet the Shechinah glory of God was very evident underneath the covering. May the Lord open our eyes to see Him, even in temptation, trials, dangers, and misfortunes. – C.H.P.
I really liked this devotional because it reminded me what I’m learning in my resiliency class. Rather than seeing trials as problems, let us see them as OPPORTUNITIES! Opportunities for growth! Or another way to see it, challenges that can be overcome! :)
Today I pray that our ears would be open to hearing from the Lord and our eyes would be open to seeing opportunities in disguise. And may we have faith like David!
“Trust” by Kristene Mueller, Jesus Culture