WHEN DAVID HAD A CHANCE FOR REVENGE AFTER SAUL TRIED TO KILL HIM, ALL HE DID WAS CUT OFF A CORNER OF SAUL'S ROBE. LATER WHILE SAUL SLEPT, ONE OF DAVID'S MEN SAID, "GOD HAS PUT YOUR ENEMY IN YOUR GRASP." AGAIN DAVID REFUSED. LATER HE TOLD SAUL, "GOD PUT YOUR LIFE IN MY HANDS TODAY, BUT I WASN'T WILLING TO LIFT A FINGER AGAINST GOD'S ANOINTED." (I Sam. 26:23 TM) DAVID DIDN'T SEE SAUL THE ENEMY, HE SAW SAUL THE ANOINTED-GOD'S PROPERTY. MAX LUCADO WRITES, A ROTTWEILER ATTACKED OUR PUPPY AT A KENNEL, LEAVING HER WITH GASHES AND A DANGLING EAR.
DO FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN A TUNNEL WITH NO WAY OUT? REJOICE, YOU'RE POSITIONED FOR A MIRACLE! PAUL SAID, "WE ARE PRESSED ON EVERY SIDE BY TROUBLES, BUT NOT CRUSHED AND BROKEN. WE ARE PERPLEXED, BUT WE DON'T GIVE UP AND QUIT. WE ARE HUNTED DOWN, BUT GOD NEVER ABANDONS US. WE GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT WE GET UP AGAIN AND KEEP GOING." A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PRESSURE IS NEEDED SOMETIME TO RELEASE OUR FAITH, AND GOD KNOWS EXACTLY HOW MUCH TO APPLY.
"In all thy ways acknowledge (consult, listen, and submit to) him, and He shall direct thy paths." What ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life, but what God says.
"Beauty, the ...Kind...God delights in." I Peter 3:4 TM
RALPH WALDO EMERSON SAID, "TO FIND BEAUTY WE MUST CARRY IT WITH US."
Proverbs 3:6-"Put God first, and He will...crown your efforts with success." (TLB)
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, WHAT MATTERS MOST IS KNOWING YOU'RE LOVED AND ACCEPTED BY GOD. WHAT CAN TOP THAT?
Paul writes: "Pulling down...strong holds; casting down imaginations..bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." What are you to pull down? Strong holds: areas of your life that are held in the grip of the enemy. What are you to cast down? Imaginations: always fearing the worst instead of believing God for the best. What are you to take captive? Thoughts: thinking that doesn't line up with God's Word or submit to the rule of Christ in your life.
No matter where you are at this moment, if you haven't found God's plan for your life--STOP what you're doing and start looking for it! There's nothing in your past or your present that He can't use. Maybe you've veered off course; we all have at one time or another. Read the stories of those God used and you'll discover that "blowing it" isn't unusual. It's actually part of the learning curve.