wait and see

Tending the Sheep

How are you at doing your job? Do you do it to the best of your ability, with grumbling and gnashing of teeth,  with a lackluster attitude, or with a smile on your face? I think we all have our days depending of life and what has gone at work with other coworkers. Do you often feel like that the things you do go unnoticed by people around you? Like your boss who should have seen when you did… or your friend should have seen when you did… for them but it all goes unnoticed, it makes us think well should I have done that deed at all? The things we do whether they get noticed are not by others gets noticed by God.

David was in the same situation when Samuel came looking for him. He was out tending the sheep, doing what he was supposed to be doing, when he was supposed to be there. He was faithful to his work. This was the place where he got to know and love God. “The anointing by Samuel happened in private. No fanfare. No parade. No proclamation of him being Israel’s king. After David was anointed, he went back to the back to the place where he could do what he knew to do. Physically, he was unchanged; spiritually, he was altered forever.” Wait and See p.53

The same thing is true in our lives. God still works this way today. He meets us where we are, but he does so in private. He wants to see that we are faithful in the small things before He will give us the big things He has for us. Often this means staying put in our own pasture tending to our  for awhile. It means waiting. “Because it’s in the pasture that God is preparing us for what is ahead.” p.53

“We have to allow God to do a work in us before He can do a work through us.” p.53

What we do know is that if David had been placed directly into the palace at the time of anointing he would not have been ready, just as you and I are not ready for things God has for us. We must prepare. We go to college to prepare for our careers why would we do anything less for the thing God has called us to do?

“knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:3-4 NASB

How do we tend the sheep well while waiting?

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfullness
  • gentleness
  • self-control

All of these are the fruits of the spirit out of Galatians 5:22-23. By being all of the fruits of the spirit we let go of the negatives and allow God to work in us and grow us to what we need to be for the next step.  If we remain bitter, angry, fearful, hateful, unforgiving, and prideful our hearts and minds are closed to all the good that would come our way.

Psalm 16 is powerful and I would encourage you to read it aloud. David talks about his confidence in the Lord and how blessed he is. May we all find ourselves in this same spot on a daily basis. Choose Joy Today!

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