"And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his Father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and smote, and slew him." 1 Samuel 17:33, 34
IN JESUS TODAY
Our time alone with God, whether in crisis, or in joy, this becomes our training ground. This is when and where we learn to respond appropriately as a Christian should, where God fills us with his word, his wisdom, and assures us that he is with us always. There is no training in all of life that can give to us what our time alone in total solitude with God can give us! The famous Evangelist F.B. Meyer wrote about David, "Nature was his nurse, his companion, his teacher" God teaches us in a way that no man can teach us! There is no Seminary, college, or school that can take the place of time alone with God! In our solitude we will wrestle with many bears and lions, within ourselves rest the fears of insecurity, the questions of why, the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, the pride of life, and the constant struggle between the doubts for the future, and our faith in God. Through Jesus we can take comfort in this, that whatever we are going through in life, Jesus goes through it with us, whatever we wrestle with, Jesus has already given us the victory, and whatever we are fearful of, our faith in him will chase our fears away! David's fear, if there was any, was chased away by his faith in God! These challenges in life are our bears and lions, and through faith in Jesus we will conquer them. This shall be the record of our qualification!
What qualifies us to serve our King? The many bears and lions that we have defeated by grace through our faith in Jesus! God's character is built in us and his character is our trademark. God teaches us to wrestle with our foes, to leave the ninety and nine, and to rescue the lost soul out of the mouth of our enemy!