God Given Opportunities

It’s another cold, snowy day. The end of deer season is just a few days away and the bite of the north wind on my face is almost as strong as the bite of an unfilled buck tag in my pocket.

I mentally start making a list of the reasons I wasn’t able to tag one of my target bucks. “I didn’t have enough cameras out. I need to move my stand 80 yards to the east. I should have gotten permission to more properties. I need to create a screen along the neighbor’s property. I didn’t have enough late season food available.”

The list of problems quickly starts to lengthen, but I know that these issues will fuel me to be more prepared for next season. It’s our past problems that prepare us for future opportunities.

I can’t help but think of David, a shepherd boy, as he had the courage to face a giant of man who had an entire army immobilized in fear. Not a single Israelite wanted to face the giant in hand to hand combat, but it was a shepherd boy who God had prepared for such a time as this.

David told the king of the Israelites before he went to face the giant “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.”

Do you think it was a mere coincidence that God had placed that lion and that bear in David’s life? I sure don’t think so. The bear and the lion were problems that David had to face. Problems that prepared him for a God given opportunity to save a nation from a giant.

Maybe God is preparing you to conquer a giant. Maybe the problems in your life are not really problems, but rather building stones of faith God uses to test us and prepare us for God given opportunities.

9 Responses

  1. Don and Wes
    It is a tremendous blessing to see God working in Men who are not afraid to show it in public. This world is not getting better and I cannot imagine going through it without Jesus Christ at my side. Thank you for these words God is working through you!

  2. Nice work Wes. It is a blessing to see folks that aren’t afraid to show their faith. Equally important was your message!!

  3. Inspired words. Keep ’em coming! We all have giants to conquer and, indeed God routinely allows us to face challenges in our lives. Its up to us to acknowledge His blessings and that he has a plan for each of us. (Jeremiah 29:11). Obedience and submission to His will is key.

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