HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“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:” (1 Samuel 17:34).
It is a source of inspiration and strength to come in touch with the youthful David, trusting God. Through faith in God, he conquered a lion and a bear and afterwards overthrew the mighty Goliath. When that lion came to despoil that flock, it came as a wondrous opportunity to David. If he had failed or faltered he would have missed God’s opportunity for him and probably would never have come to be God’s chosen king of Israel. “And there came a lion.”
Oh, brethren look at an opportunity for this young man called David. His faith had prepared him for this moment in his life. He was faithful to his father for the job of tending the sheep. Preparation and skills with his faith in God made him a success.
One would not think that a lion was a special blessing from God; one would think that only an occasion of alarm. The lion was God’s opportunity in disguise. Every difficulty that presents itself to us, if we receive it in the right way, is God’s opportunity. Every temptation that comes is God’s opportunity.
When the “lion” comes, recognize it as God’s opportunity no matter how rough the exterior. The very tabernacle of God was covered with badgers’ skins and goats’ hair; one would not think there would be any glory there. The Shekinah of God was manifest under that kind of covering. May God open our eyes to see Him, whether in temptations, trials, dangers, or misfortunes.
You have to be prepared for this mission and where God is about to lead you. To the believer, everything that comes your way is in the will and purpose of God. Therefore, I am encouraging you to learn and to be prepared.