All of our responsibilities, whether glorious or mundane, have a redemptive purpose which can bring us blessings. In I Samuel 17:15 (NIV) it says that David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. David had been anointed king by Samuel the prophet (I Sam. 16:13), but he still had to watch his fathers sheep. He went back and forth from the glory of the king’s residence to the isolated hillsides of Israel. I’m sure he wondered many times while out with the sheep, If God wants me to be the king, what am I doing in a barren place like this?” David was destined to be king, and I’m sure his visits to the palace encouraged him: however, it was out on the hills, defending the sheep from bears and lions, that David learned the skills which enabled him to defeat Goliath (I Sam. 17:34-37).
We who are led by the Spirit are sons of God (Romans 8:14): yet we still must wash the dishes and sweep the floor. At times we go from the presence of the Lord in the power of the Spirit to a hassle at home. In the same day we may experience glory in worship, and struggles and misunderstandings with friends. We have both the anointing to minister to the people of God and the responsibility to minister at home. I am sure that Billy Graham has to counsel his children and Ronald Reagan has to comfort Nancy. The lessons we learn and the character we develop at home prepare us for the ministry to which God has called us. Embracing the simple challenges of life by faith rather than resisting and putting them off in frustration can enrich your life with understanding and joy.
—From the dest of Mark Buckley
Editor’s Note: Mark Buckley is the pastor of The Living Waters Church in Phoenix, Arizona.