“He Himself is the great Man of Sorrows who knows our ills, Who was called the son of a carpenter, though He was the Son of God and the great Healer of sick souls. Who laboured for 30 years in a humble carpenter’s shop to fulfil God’s will. And God wills that in imitation of Christ, man should live and walk humbly on earth, not reaching for the sky, but bowing to humble things, learning from the Gospel to be meek and humble of heart.”
~ Vincent van Gogh
David was anointed at Bethel to be king. Immediately afterwards, however, he returned to his ordinary life as a shepherd.
He didn’t get shipped off to some training school. Rather, it was in the sheep fields as a shepherd that David learned to exercise and build his faith in God.
There in the sheep fields, he tested his shepherd’s sling.
When the hour came when he would face Goliath, David used that which he had tested in secret as a shepherd.
He declined the sword and the shield, but used that which he experienced in the trials of ordinary life.
And so it is with every servant of God. Or so it should be.
Wherever God puts us in life is our training for reigning.
“If we endure, we will also reign with him . . .” 2 Timothy 2:12