Today, when I was reading in the book of Proverbs, a verse jumped out at me: “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.” (Proverbs 18:16, NASB).
Wow! When I had previously read the story of David and Goliath, possibly like you, I immediately felt that it was “all God.” Yes, I agree in a sense it was God, but on the other hand the truth is that God didn’t sling that stone. He alone didn’t cause it to hit that right spot. It was the skill God had given to David that he had honed!
What a lesson for us: God has given each of us skills that can slay giants. You have the skill of language, perception, being persuasive to accomplish goals, open doors that can lead to an abundant life. But the key is that your skill has to be honed.
Only last night I was trying to challenge my grandson who has a brilliant mind, studied in depth the inner mechanics of computers, and knows how to quickly clear viruses out of damaged computers. Now he has to do what is necessary to get that degree, get those certifications that can lead to a life of abundance!
It takes discipline, “stick-to-itiveness,” and sometimes sacrifice to accomplish one’s life’s goals.
I had to work summers in a meat department, machine shop, putting on roofs, and selling encyclopedias door to door to pay room, board and tuitions. I had no scholarships, no wealthy parents. I earned those four university degrees that God gave me!
Yes, and when God opened the doors to a singing and evangelistic ministry traveling all over the United States for five-and-a-half years speaking on an average of 322 times a year, that was God’s providential training, honing my skills. Additional skills were learned in outreach programs with road banners, posters stacked high, mailers, floodlighting churches, PA systems, creative newspaper advertising, promotional testing.
And what future was it that God was training me for? Among founding “Singspirations” composed of all the churches of Traverse City, led to the founding, establishing a church in Portage. There, beginning with 35-40 in attendance in a junior high auditorium, filled it the first year needing 50 extra chairs. God gave the increase to 420 members with an average attendance of 327 per Sunday and the building of a new parsonage and church in five years!
Like David, God has put skills in you that can slay giants. Your skills can lead to a life you never dreamed possible. But the key is that those skills have to be developed. Your goals of wanting to meet a new companion, take off those extra pounds! Become more attractive, a new you!
And guys, dress appealingly, take your companion to a fine restaurant, and in the softness of the light of a candle, share your feelings with her.
To you in marriage, affirm daily the qualities of your companion. Don’t be like the guy in story of the wife saying, “But you never tell me you love me anymore,” to which he responds: “I told you once that I loved you when I married you, and if I change my mind, I’ll let you know.” Hey, guys, that just doesn’t work. Tell her loving things every day. Yeah!
Become a David, sharpen your skills. God has unbelievable things and happiness coming your way!
The Rev. Chuck Manker of Petoskey earned a bachelor of arts from Asbury University, a bachelor of theology from Owosso College (now Indiana Wesleyan University), a master of arts from the University of Michigan, and master of divinity from Drew University.