“A gift opens doors for a man and brings him before the great.”
Proverbs 18:16 HCSB
It has indeed been a phenomenal month discovering how easily God leads us on our life journeys. Today, we will examine His leading through our individual giftings and exposure.
We must realize that every detail of our lives aligns in perfect harmony with God’s plan; from the families, we were born into, to the events we were exposed to and the talents we either picked up along the way or were born with.
The entire story of David in the Bible encapsulates this truth. He was a son of Jesse, born of the tribe of Judah, tasked with the responsibility of taking care of sheep, anointed at a young age, skilful in music and much more.
When circumstances necessitated his coming to limelight, all of these attributes came to play. Let us pay close attention to what was said about him to King Saul.
“One of the young men said, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who plays skillfully, a valiant man, a man of war, prudent in speech and eloquent, an attractive person; and the Lord is with him. So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” 1 Samuel 17:18-19 (AMPV)
Although he had long been anointed by Samuel, David’s gift in playing the harp granted him access to King Saul. This was only the beginning.
By the time Goliath came on the scene, David did not have to make hurried trips to the gym or practise at a shooting range. His earlier exposure to killing a lion and a bear was very useful. Indeed, his dedication to catering for “a few sheep” was also preparation for his leadership of the children of Israel.
The latter events of his life were outward manifestations of all the training and sharpening he had gone through in the background.
The same goes for Apostle Paul- a trained lawyer, intellectual fellow and outspoken statesman. His manner of approach and detailed explanation in his epistles are proof of this.
Friends, that special ability God placed in you is not a mistake. Even if it doesn’t make sense now, keep serving with humility and commitment. In the end, it will be clear.
Do not despise your unique story. Your exposure is preparation for your future. Embrace it in Christ and watch all things work for your good.