Have you ever heard the story of Cinderella? It’s a fairy tale in which a happy little girl is cared for by her mean spirited step-mother after the girl’s father passes away. She grows up mistreated, a sweet gentle soul that is constantly being put down.
Eventually, as a young woman, she is visited by a good fairy who grants her the desires of her heart. She makes Cinderella look like a princess for a few hours, so that she may attend a ball, during which the prince charming plans to choose a wife for himself. She meets with him, and of course, he falls in love with her, but she runs away before the magic fades when the twelfth stroke of midnight rings. They lose each other, but eventually find each other again, and live happily ever after.
I have two main problems with that story. The woman waited for a man to make her happy, and we are left to believe that was all it took to make her happy forever. I think that’s very unlikely. Don’t you?
This story kind of reminds me of someone in the Bible. What? You might think. Cinderella in the Bible? Sure. Except she is no maid, she’s a shepherd, and she’s actually not a she, but a he. And his name is David.
Before David was a king, before he slew giants, David was a boy in the field, disregarded by his family.
The Least of These
“Now the Lord said to Samuel … ‘go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.’ … Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, ‘Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ … in the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ Then Samuel asked, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse replied. ‘But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.’ ‘Send for him at once,’ Samuel said… So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, ‘This is the one; anoint him.’” – (1 Samuel 16:1–12, NLT)
When the prophet came looking for a king, Jesse, David’s father, proudly presented all of his sons, except for David. Only the Spirit of God wasn’t satisfied with the choice at hand. Samuel insisted, and only then did Jesse mention he had another son. He sent for David, and there he was. The forgotten dirty little shepherd was the one chosen by God.
Like Cinderella, David had a moment when he was being singled out for greatness. But unlike Cinderella, it did not become easy from that moment on. And perhaps that’s much more like you and me. You know Jesus is the son of the living God, and that one day, we will stand in His glory, basking in His loving presence. You are saved by grace through faith in Jesus; a child of the most high God. “A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Pet. 2:9, NIV)
Don’t you agree that some days your life doesn’t look quite like it? If you’re anything like me, most mornings when you wake up, that reality of yours feels different.
I know. I’ve been there. This morning, actually.
David’s Secret to a Life of Faith
What awaited David was greater than what anyone around him could have expected. He killed giants, fought with a lion, combatted enemies, ran and hid from people wanting to kill him—including his own family! He was the king over God’s people, and he messed up, big time. If you open the Psalms, you know David didn’t have it easy. More than once, tears were his bread, and they flooded his bed. But he constantly remembered himself to praise the Lord, to turn his looks from his circumstances towards the holy living God. He’d say to himself: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1, KJV)
And that’s the key to living by faith.
It’s not about how we feel; it’s about how we fight. About what we believe and decide to put in front of our eyes. The Scriptures tell us to “live by faith and not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7)
Yes, it’s a mess out there, but on the inside, I will turn to God.
Here is the key verse I think this post can be all about. It’s a truth to dwell on, to put on our doorposts, to feed our souls with, to replace negative thoughts with and to win victorious over feelings that put us down.
Here’s the truth for this series, Divinely Bold, the weapon I’m sharing with you today, a gift from God for time and eternity.
“See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” Isaiah 12:2, NLT
So, just like David, today speak to yourself. Declare this out loud:
God has come to save me.
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
The Lord is my strength and my song
He has given me victory
And go on, victorious. You are victorious over negative thoughts that put you down. Victorious over grim diagnostics, over confusion and fear. You are more than a conquerer by the blood of Christ that was shed to pay the price for you. Go on, and take a step forward in faith.
Father, I pray for the person reading this post. May You strengthen them. Remove any condemnation and forgive us our trespasses. Give us a new song to sing. Help us to walk by faith and not by sight, that we may not fear our circumstances. May we only fear You. You say the fear of men proves to be a snare but those who trust in the Lord will be safe. Let us fear You more than we may fear any situation. Make us strong in You, Lord. As Paul said, when I am weak that’s when I am strong. You are with us, You love us. Let Your will be done, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
What verse helped you go through a difficult situation before? What strategy did you use to overcome? Share with us in the comments below!
Read more posts from this series:
- I will not be afraid (Psalm 23:4) – Part 1 of 5
- The Power of Knowing Who You Really Are – Part 2 of 5
- I will not be moved – Part 3 of 5
- I Will Boast in My Weakness – Part 5 of 5