Seeing Opportunities in Opposition
Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. - Genesis 50:19-20
If the enemies will believe in your dream, then, you should also believe in your dream. The brothers of Joseph believed in his dream; that was why they sold him to slavery. They would not have sold Joseph if they had not believed in his dream. The enemies would not have been fighting you if they had not believed you have a glorious future. No sane man will throw a stone at a mango tree that has no fruit. If your life is not fruitful, you would not attract demonic hatred. Therefore, the attack from the enemy is an indication that you are fruitful.
If Saul had not believed that David will one day become the king of Israel, he would not have fought David with all he had. So, when you see the reaction of your enemies towards you, then it means you are important. See problem as a stepping stone to greatness, grace and glory. In it all, your love for God will be reciprocated by Him and He will defend you.
When God was looking for a replacement for King Saul, David was just a young boy rearing his father's sheep. His other seven brothers, despite their beautiful appearances that almost deceived Prophet Samuel, were all unqualified before God. Jesse, their father never thought David could be the chosen one; probably because he did not look like a king. To Jesse, if anyone would be qualified to be the king, it should be either Eliab or Abinadab but certainly not David.
All the sons of Jesse were members of the army of Saul, David was the only one with their father's sheep, fighting lion and the bear; playing instrument and worshipping the God of Israel. Though David didn't look like a king, yet, a king was in a kid. It is my prayer that you will command God's presence and His favour, in JESUS NAME.
David knew there is no point pretending before God. God knows everything; He knows what you are saying; He even knows what you are thinking before you say it. When you realize your life is opened to God, you will be sincere before Him. What brought God's manifestation to a young David who became a king is that he was sincere before God. And that consciousness drew him to repentance each time he missed it; it drew him to love and worship God. No wonder he killed a giant with a mere stone. If you will also follow God like David, you will command divine manifestation, presence and glory, no matter the darkness on earth.
God, investigate my life. Get all the facts, first hand. I'm an open book to you, even from a distance; you know what I'm thinking. You know when I live and when I get back. I'm never out of sight… - Psalms 139:1-4 (MSG Bible).
David was a young boy who stood between life and death several times. Right from his early age, he understood the power of commitment and at the age of 17, he got result that was obvious to all. He was on the side of God and through his bravery and courage; he brought honour and fame to Israel. God used him to roll away the reproach of Israel and brought honour to Jehovah.
Prayer: Lord help me to see problems as steppingstone to greatness and to believe in the dreams you have placed in my heart. Give me the grace to withstand every opposition, in JESUS NAME.
Further Reading: Genesis 37:8-11
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 2:1-3:51; Mark 11:27-12:17; Psalm 47:1-9; `Proverbs 10:24-25