Emerge Devotion No. 13
June and July have been eventful months filled with many supernatural encounters, especially during Emerge! God is so good!
No matter what encounters you’ve had, I believe there is a process through which God wants to bring you, to become all that He has called you to be.
I have been meditating on Psalm 131 where I learned the process which David allowed himself to go through with God.
There are three things I learned from David’s prayer:
1. Have a Humble Heart
Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
In 1 Samuel 16:8-13, David was anointed by Samuel to be king while he was a young shepherd boy living with his father, Jesse. After the anointing took place, David returned to the same responsibility, which was to continue shepherding his father’s sheep.
David remained as a shepherd boy, humbly waiting for the promotion from the Lord. David had the opportunity to kill Saul and take over the kingship earlier than expected, but he refrained from doing so because he respected the king whom God chosen. (1 Samuel 24:6) Eventually, we all know David was made king and called a man after God’s own heart.
I want to encourage you to be patient and continue in God’s process for you. It may seem like nothing much has changed since those amazing encounters, but God is still expanding you on the inside. Stay faithful to your current assignment.
2. Have Trust in God
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Every child needs to go through a process of weaning where he is trained to stop taking milk from his mother, and move on to solid food like a growing child. The process is often filled with anxiety and discomfort because what is familiar to the child is now being taken away.
Has God been speaking to you about things, relationships, habits or mind-sets that you should be letting go of? Has the process been difficult as well?
I want to encourage you to trust God. Trust that He is a Father who cares, He knows what’s best for you. Once you go through the process of weaning, just like in David’s prayer, you will be calm and quiet. You will be a mature child who enjoys true freedom and joy.
3. Have Hope in the Lord
“O Israel, hope in the LORD
From this time forth and forever.”
It is so essential to know where our hope comes from. If our hope comes from what the world can offer us, we will find ourselves in a fearful state because we never know when the world may fail us. However, when our hope is in the Lord, we find ourselves being free from fear because God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
David’s hope was in God and so he was not fearful of Saul who wanted to kill him. I pray that you will be free from fear as you hope in the Lord! Be so free to run after God-given dreams and regardless of how many times you fail, stand up and pursue again!