Ordinary Problems; Extraordinary God
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. —2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Over and over again in Scripture, we get to see just how regular King David was. His faith was ordinary, his friends were ordinary, his failure was ordinary. The only thing amazing about him—was God. God was extraordinary through David. We’re a lot like David. We’re all just regular people, living pretty regular lives, with regular gifts and abilities. But God wants to do phenomenal things through us even in our “regular-ness.”
Sometimes we think extraordinary is all about the big stuff. You know—the crisis, the colossal, the cataclysmic. But today, we will focus an ordinary problem from David’s life: death. Everyone is going to die eventually, yet most people live like it’s not coming.
Well, it’s coming. And David had to face this very ordinary problem just like the rest of us. “When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son . . .” (1 Kings 2:1a).
Did you notice where David’s last words were directed? To his son, Solomon. He said, in essence, Be faithful to the Lord. Walk in His ways. The older you get, the more concerned you are about what you’re leaving behind you. I’m not talking about things.
What else could you want? What else could there be in life but to live for God and serve and work for Him and then to go be with Him forever?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that David was just an ordinary guy; he wasn’t proud of every chapter in his book. He didn’t delight in everything on every page, but when he fell, he got up again. Think back to one of David’s more famous Psalms where he writes, “ . . . though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Why? Because “You are with me.” That’s the summary of David’s life right there. God was with him. At the end of the day, that’s the life we have to pursue. An ordinary life lived for God in His strength equals extraordinary.
Don’t spend another moment working to show people how important or special or somehow unique you are. By faith, believe that as a regular person, if anything praiseworthy or lasting or eternal comes from your life, it will be because of what God has done in you and through you. —James MacDonald
- In what ways is God trying to use me in spite of my “regular-ness?”
- Am I actively seeking ways to serve the Lord with my life? If not, why? What is holding me back?
Father, thank You that You use me in Your kingdom. I feel so unworthy and incapable sometimes. Forgive me for believing that lie and continue to perfect me as I totally surrender to You in Your service. Help me believe, as David did, that You truly are always with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.