PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Apr
22

Sow in Faith, Reap in Blessings

Marcus Sanders

Scripture
"… I wasn’t willing to lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed, even though the Lord handed you over to me today. Just as I considered Your life valuable today, so may the Lord consider my life valuable and rescue me from all trouble." (1 Sam 26: 23, 24)
Observation
What you sow is what you reap is a God principle that governs everyone and determines our future. There are many powerful analogies in the scripture, whether negative or positive that reveals the sow and reaps principle like: pride leads to destruction, the humble will be exalted, the merciful will find mercy, and the wicked finds judgment.David was faced with the sowing choice, to quickly rid himself of a continual leader problem or respect the calling of the problem leader. Should I handle this with my feelings or by my faith in God? As David ponders the sowing decision, he is humbled by the Spirit of God-not to disrespect the problem leader but to demonstrate his support for the leader.
Application
Life is full of problems including leaders who are considered the problem. King Saul was one such leader with the problem of insecurity. His insecurities led him to get rid of David.How do we deal with a problem leader? Do we look for replacements or do we pray them out? For many of us we had our fill with bad leaders who made our lives miserable. But what is the right way to handle them? The politicians will use mud-slinging techniques and the workers will use the union to deal with problem leaders. But one thing will remain true; how we handle problem leaders will determine our future.Some leaders love position and power and will constantly wear the “I’m in control hat”. Some leaders will use self-improvement books with techniques and tricks to get people to do what they want, which leans more towards devaluing. But like David, remember that feelings at the moment are not to be trusted. Feelings are misleading because they are based on what I think and not what God thinks. David sowed to his problem in faith to believe God was able to rescue him from all trouble. He brought unto submission his thoughts, his feeling and his methods of handling problems his way. Paul says in 2 Cor. 10:5,"We destroy arguments andevery lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive toobey Christ."
Pray for leaders who are inauthority, so that we can live inpeaceand quietness, in godliness and dignity." (1Ti 2:2)We all want peace in our lives and the only way is to sow correctly in faith, God’s way in how we respond to the problem. What we sow we will reap. If we sow in faith, we will reap God's blessings.
Prayer
Father, teach me to sow correctly as David did. As I respond to problems correct me back to Calvary. May I be a leader who builds up the body of Christ.

Devotions for April 22

1 Samuel 25,26
Psalm 63
Matthew 9

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