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God Remembers You
This week I’m working on a #kidmin message based on David’s obedience to a request from his father.
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”” 1 Samuel 17:34-37 NIV
David was asked to watch his father’s sheep. Watching sheep is not a glamourous job. Sheep are not intelligent and they wreak something terrible. Easily, David could have considered his job and thus himself lower than and unfulfilled, but David knew something important: God remembers us.
Instead of doing a poor job, David leaned in. He not only cared for his sheep (the Bible talks about how David left his sheep with a qualified shepherd before heading off to serve his brothers), he practiced protecting them. Every day he made the decision to rehearse with his sling if such the occasion should arrive to protect them. As most of us know, the occasion arose. David fought off a lion and a bear.
Because of his obedience and care for the job God had given him, God remembered him. When Samuel showed up to anoint a king, he waited on David. He remembered him.
There are and will be times when we – as church workers – feel un and under appreciated. There are times we feel forgotten, and times when we end up doing a ‘stinky’ job. Remember, God doesn’t forget. He sees your obedience, your attitude and your heart and in His perfect timing, God remembers you.