So what do we learn from David? We learn that giants can fall! Giant problems can disappear! Do you think that your problems are too large? Listen to the following:
So we think that we have it bad?
"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Mathew 23:12
In Egypt there is a city literally called "Garbage City". In this city many Christians hide from Muslim persecution by surviving amongst the collected garbage. They work in the stench as the trash is piled into mounds. The odor is horrible, yet the Christians there squeeze out their living by sorting and picking through the trash. Just when you thought you had it bad, you hear a story like this! These people reveal a lot more than just hiding from persecution.
They show us how to be humble and how to wait on God, trusting Him for their needs and despite the persecution their numbers are growing.
God is exalting them by bringing attention to their plight! God is able to keep you in His care!
God will hide you in His secret place of the Most High and when you wait on Him He shall renew your strength. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of theMost high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God in him will I trust.” Psalm 91:1, 2
David was a man after God’s own heart, he was a great biblical leader that started as a mere Shepherd boy and became King. How did he do it? What are his secrets to success?
King David discovered that he was the one, the one that God put strength, wisdom, and courage in to confront Israel’s problem.
There will be problems, but who will solve them?
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s no skin off my back?” Well originally it went like this:
The original form of this phrase was no skin off my nose, dating back to the early 20th century, but other body parts have been used as well (e.g. elbow, knee, and ear.) It essentially means 'it’s no concern to me, not my business, doesn't hurt me at all.' There is not much information about why back became more popular than other parts, though one theory holds that it relates to being whipped, a well-known (if not commonly practiced) form of punishment in English-speaking countries. The link would be that, when one is in a situation that this phrase could describe, it is not causing you any harm and there is no fear of any punishment to oneself.
My take on this will take us back to the time of Jesus; it’s no skin off our back because Jesus paid the price for our sins by taking these stripes for us.
Remember that leadership requires compassion and to be successful in life you must have this, Jesus was compassionate. His skin was taken for us! What is the lesson in this, you ask? Jesus is our example of leadership, he calls us to take a stand against our giants even if it cost us the skin on our backs!
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