Saturday, February 21, 2009

Nothing Wasted

I have been working my way through the study, "A Heart Like His" written by Beth Moore. The study focuses on the life of David from his time as a young shepherd boy to his life as King over Israel. I am often time captivated by the words that David uses to describe God. Look at Psalm 144:1-2:
Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

David knew his God - intimately. As a young boy tending his fathers sheep, he think of David playing his harp and singing praises to God. It was on those Judean hillsides that he learned how to pray and listen to God. Alone for long periods of time, he learned to rely on God and God alone. When a wild animal would attack, David would call upon the Lord for strength and deliverance.

God was using that time preparing him for what He had prepared for him. When David was 15, the Prophet Samuel would anoint him as the next King of Israel while Saul was still on the throne. And yet, it would be another 15 years before he actually ascended to the throne.

What happened during that time, more of the same. Conflict, betrayal, running, separation, loneliness, disappointment, battles, bloodshed, broken promises (not from God), heartache and deception were all a part of those 15 years of training. And yet, God used them all to mold David into a man after Gods own heart.

  • You'll never know God as Lord, until you've humbled your heart in submission to Him in prayer. He is the one true God.
  • You'll never know God is your Rock, until you've needed him to help you stand!
  • You'll never know Him as your Loving God, until you've understood the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross - just for you.
  • You'll never know God as your Fortress, your Stronghold, until you've had no where to turn, and He scooped you up and into His loving arms.
  • You'll never know Him as your Deliverer, until you have found yourself totally powerless and reached out to Him to do what only He can do.
  • You'll never know Him as your Shield, until you've been attacked by a brutal enemy.
  • You'll never know Him as your Refuge, until you've found yourself without hope.
All of the conflict, all of the turmoil, nothing was wasted in the life of David! No matter how difficult life became, His heart was always drawn back to the God that He knew - intimately. A God who was always faithful. He has never broken a promise. He has never gone back on His word. He can be trusted with our lives, our love and our loyalty - for all of eternity!

Like David, I pray that nothing in my life will be wasted; but instead used to draw me closer to the God I love.

8 comments:

Joan Carr said...

I was blog surfing and ran across your blog a few minutes ago. I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your post today, and I thought how true your attributes of God were. We can't know about the different parts of God until we get in a place that we can experience them, then we never ever will forget them. I enjoyed it so that I copied and pasted it to my blog to share with my bloggers. And I gave you credit for the post and put a link to your page.

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Crown of Beauty said...

This is the kind of study I would like to do. ANd BEth Moore is one of my favorites. Did you get the study online? Thanks for sharing this! It's very helpful.

saleslady371 said...

Intimacy with Him; that's what I want more of all the time.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Lisa - I just finished listening to a set of tapes from a "deeper still" conference. The tapes are Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore and Kay Arthur. It is called "Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed" It is excellent! All 3 are powerful speakers. THere is a study book to go with it and it is on David. I think you will love it!

Beth

LisaShaw said...

This is something to feed on. Praise the Lord!

Stephanie said...

To have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Thanks for this post. Intimacy with God. Amen

Sockrma18 said...

WOW. I love the bullet points. Good stuff right there. Thanks for sharing!

I see you follow my blog....THANK YOU. I think I need to come back here. You are a great writer!

Becki