We can be inspired to overcome these as we observe the life of…
David the “Shepherd Boy”
David was a young man who’s job was to take care of sheep. At this point, David’s nation had a problem: they felt like they were going to loose the war because they had no answer to the Philistine’s champion named Goliath.
In the midst of this, David was given a menial task – to deliver food for his brothers who were soldiers. Nevertheless, he faithfully did it.
Now, because he was at the right place at the right time, David saw a job opening, “Wanted Giant slayer”. He checked out the job description, and with confidence declared that he would like to take this job. His brothers and the King thought that this kid was way too ambitious.
But these facts persuaded the King.
His current job may have seemed unimpressive. But David impressed the King with how he treated it.
But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him
.- 1 Samuel 17:34-35
David was an excellent worker. He may not have had the military experience, but he didn’t need the title to fight like a soldier to defend his flock.
Be faithful with the task that you have by going the extra mile. The experience you get from giving your best will give you the competency and confidence you’ll need when the opportunity for a promotion comes.
David had guts, but more than that He had God.
And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine…
– 1 Samuel 17:37
If you acknowledge that every success you had in the past came from God, then you don’t have a reason not to trust Him. David had this quality of trust because he knew and experienced God personally.
Now because of these, King Saul gave David the promotion, and David did not fail the King and his nation.
Do not underestimate your humble beginnings.
Don’t look down on the repetitive, seemingly insignificant tasks. Being faithful means executing the activities of your current role with passion, and with a sense of purpose.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones…Luke 16:10
The most important of all is faith in God. Remember all the good He has done for you and you’ll remember that He is a God who will reward your faithfulness with His.