A lion…came and carried off a sheep from the flock. 1 Samuel 17:34
David was just a boy watching his father’s flock of sheep when a lion crept up and snatched one of them. To the young shepherd, the lion could have been cause only for fear and panic. But to God it was an opportunity for David to call upon the Lord for strength and direction.
David didn’t know it, but he was in training out there in the fields. God was going to use him very soon to rescue an entire nation from a giant named Goliath. And those sheep? God was teaching David how to lead those who don’t
really want to be led.
God may send some problems to you that seem as difficult to overcome as the lion did to David. God doesn’t waste anything. Everything that happens to you happens for a reason. Not only will God help you now, but he will also use it as training for what will happen in your future. In temptation, trouble and problems, don’t despair or run for cover. Those troubles are God’s opportunities in disguise.
Dear Lord, Use whatever you need to in my life to make me ready for what you will call me to do in the future. Amen.