Reaching Our Potential

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

2 Samuel 5:1-2 (NIV)
All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”

2 Samuel 5:1-2 (MSG)
Before long all the tribes of Israel approached David in Hebron and said, “Look at us—your own flesh and blood! In time past when Saul was our king, you were the one who really ran the country. Even then God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel and you’ll be the prince.’”
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“Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led Israel out [to war] and brought Israel in [from battle]. And the Lord told you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel and be ruler over them.’” -AMPLIFIED

After the death of Ish-bosheth we find the whole of Israel approaching David. David had been king of Judah at Hebron for more than seven years at this point in time. Now all the tribes of Israel have decided to recognize him as king. (God makes all things beautiful in His time. A reminder to us all that we need to “Be Still” and patiently wait on God.)

The writer of Lamentations reminds us of the need to patiently wait on God. “God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.” -Lamentations 3:25-27 (MSG)

Finally the people of Israel have come to an agreement; David would be their king. They approach him and come to an understanding with him. “We are all related: we are flesh of your flesh, bone of your bones. When Saul was king, you always led the army of Israel out and then brought it back safely. The Eternal said to you, “You will be the shepherd of My people Israel, the ruler over all of them.” -(VOICE)

David made this agreement with them; a covenant, if you will. At that point he is once again anointed; this time as king over all of Israel. “David was 30 years old when he first became king, and he was king for 40 years; he reigned in Hebron over Judah alone for 7½ years, and then he reigned over the united kingdom of Judah and Israel for 33 years.” -2 Samuel 5:4-5 (VOICE)

Something of importance needs to be addressed at this point in time. In verse 2 we must notice what the people asked of David, “You will be the shepherd of My people Israel, the ruler over all of them.” How interesting it is that the shepherd boy is asked to be the shepherd king of this nation. (We need to remember that this was God’s plan all along. No coincidences with Him.)

This Shepherd-King had his job cut out for him. He would be responsible for:
1.) Protecting his sheep/people; from predators of all kinds.
2.) Providing for his sheep/people; not only food and water, but everything they needed.
3.) Caring for the sheep/people’s wounds; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
4.) Building up moral and driving out fear among the sheep/people. (Sheep are very fearful creatures.)

David had a big job, but God had personally chosen him. Remember, he was a man after God’s own heart. Also, every experience that he had while a shepherd among the sheep had helped prepare him for the job of king. He was ready because of all those situations and experiences he had learned from as a young boy wandering around with his flock.

* “I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].” Philippians 1:6 (AMP)

* “He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP)

* For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.
God has a purpose and a plan for everyone of our lives.” -Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)

God has plans for all of us. Every experience that we go through is created and allowed for us to learn from. Question we need to ask ourselves is; are we learning? Are we growing? Are we becoming what God has intended for us to be?

Are you reaching your full potential?

My Prayer:
Lord, I know you have great plans for my life. You have a purpose for me within the scheme of things. Help me to submit to your perfect will in my life. Help me to trust you in every aspect. Work in my life and help me to reach my full potential for your glory; not mine.

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