Monday, April 19, 2010
How do you interpret circumstances?
1. One of the sales snippets that I learned recently is this one:
"I am an opportunity magnet"
It puts you in the mindset to recognize and act on the opportunity to help some one buy or sell.
However, if you call 100 people, the magnetism seems to increase significantly.
2. If you are praying for money, needing money, looking for money - and you see a $100 bill on the sidewalk - how do you interpret that?
Do you seize upon it joyfully and breathe a thanks to God, or do you do your due diligence to find the rightful owner and return the money?
3. What if someone has put you down, or even hurt you - lets say at work, and you have an unexpected opportunity to give them an informal review. Or better yet, you are involved in the project that is being questioned by the higher ups, and they are ASKING you for input about this very person?
Are you going to be fair and accurate, or is this a God given chance to tip the scales in your favor?
In yesterday's story it would be all but impossible to conclude that God had put your enemy into your very hands.
Saul had been ramping up his hunt for David and the intensity of his efforts to kill him. At this point he had abandoned all subtlety and had the entire country, the apparatus of the state, and even the entire military - all employed to kill David.
To add to the unusualness of the circumstances, David had already been anointed as king by God's messenger!
3 "At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave!"
David and his men hide in a large cave. Saul and the army are chasing him. The entire army halts. Saul has to relieve himself. The army waits outside. Gaurds are posted outside. Inside, Saul squats - alone and defenseless.
David's men state the obvious -
4 “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’”
David creeps forward, sword in hand.
At the last minute, he decides it is not up to him to kill the king. He cuts off a piece of Sauls robe.
If he had spiritualized the opportunity, he could only have come to one conclusion. God did this. God sent David and his men into the cave. God sent the urge to Saul just at the right time. God put Saul into the cave where David was. God did all of this. David's prayers were answered!
But David did not kill Saul.
How do YOU interpret circumstances?