1 Samuel 16:14-23

14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.
19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.
20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.
21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

morning-prayer

Three timeless lessons ring through my head as I look at these significant scenes in David’s life.

First, God’s solutions are often strange and simple, so be open. We try to make God complex and complicated. He isn’t. Amid all the complications with Saul and the throne, God simply said to Samuel, “Go where I tell you to go. I’ve got a simple answer. A new man. You just follow Me, and I’ll show you.” Don’t make the carrying out of God’s will complicated. It isn’t. Stay open to His strange yet simple solutions.

Second, God’s promotions are usually sudden and surprising, so be ready. At the time you least expect it, it’ll come. Just like His Son’s return from heaven. Suddenly and surprisingly He will split the clouds and be with us. Just when we expect Him the least He’ll be there, like a thief in the night. And that’s the way His promotions are. He watches you as you faithfully carry out your tasks, and He says to you, “I know what I’m doing. In a sudden and surprising moment, you be ready. I know where you are, and I know how to find you. You just stay ready as you carry out your job.”

Finally, God’s selections are always sovereign and sure, so be sensitive. That applies to choosing a mate as well as losing a mate. It applies to our being moved from one place to another, even though we thought we’d remain there ten more years. It also applies to those God appoints to fill the shoes of another. How easy to second-guess God’s selections! How necessary, when tempted to do that, to remind ourselves that His selections are sovereign and sure.

God is looking at your town, your city, your neighborhood, and He’s looking for His people to whom He can say, “You are Mine. I want to use you there because you proved yourself faithful there.” The only difference is our geography. Our calling is to be faithful in the demanding tasks, whether that is our education, our marriage, our occupation, or just the daily grind of life. That’s the kind of men and women God wants to use.

Who does God want to use? Women and men who are faithful in the daily grind of life.

— Charles R. Swindoll