Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 16, 2016

Tender Warrior

feb16“One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.” 1 Samuel 16:18 (NLT)

This description of David definitely doesn’t sound like a shepherd. However, God knew that David would be a king and all these attributes would be necessary to lead the people of Israel. God knew that David would have to be sensitive to soothe troubled souls and also be ready for battle at a moment’s notice all while being in tune to His will. That’s a lot to balance, especially when sensitivity can often be seen as weakness. Whether he was a talented harp player or brave warrior, the Lord was with David.

I had the privilege of seeing these characteristics in my Granny. She was the typical sweet, southern grandmother but definitely had the fear of God on her side. She lived out her faith every day, and I thought she had God on speed dial. The words that struck fear in anyone who knew her was, “I’m going to put you on the altar.” My Granny didn’t fight physically; she fought spiritually and took you straight to God.

We may not be called to go to battle physically, but every day there is a spiritual battle going on. We need to be sensitive to the needs of others, while at the same time being on guard and ready for battle against the enemy. In both areas, we need a strong walk with God to discern which way God wants us to go.

“Dear God, Draw me near to You daily so I know which direction my steps should take. If it’s to minister to others help me to be loving and kind. If it’s to stand with You in battle, give me the strength and weapons needed.”

For His Glory

Katrina Redman
TRBC Women’s Life

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