“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
David left Jessie’s house on an errand. He had some cheese and bread for his brothers. He wasn’t carrying a sword like Eliab and hadn’t spent the prior night polishing his armor like Abinadab. His night was spent chasing off varmints and gathering up his father’s sheep. David spent a sleepless night performing the mundane of tasks that his older brothers loathed. He ate his breakfast damp from the dew and with the smell of the field still clinging to him. But it was these untoward circumstances that made David into who he was.
“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
David heard a giant bellowing out threats against the children of God and saw the armies of Israel cowering in their tents paralyzed by fear. The bible records exactly how tall Goliath stood. It records the size of his spear and the weight of his armor. We are excellent at summing up the total of our problems and how much we do not have. Our attitude is more important than our deeds. David’s attitude was depicted in how he approached Goliath. Our attitude is clearly seen in how we approach our problems. Everyone else saw the size of Goliath but David was looking at how big his God was.
How big is the God that you serve? Has He ever let you down? Has he ever failed you? David sprinted down into the valley Elah with a sling in his hand knowing that God was bigger than this giant. He had a right attitude about God. He had a right spirit.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
It’s a difficult world that we live in. It’s filled with sin, sickness, heartache, and despair. Thank God that sin doesn’t get to have the final word. In the Hebrew language, there is what is called a causative tense meaning that it shows causality or proximate cause in its verbiage. So, “A merry heart doeth good like medicine” means “A cheerful heart causes good healing”. Winning isn’t God’s concern because He can deliver by many or by few. God’s concern is out attitude about our problem. How are we going to respond?
Gideon was hiding from the Midianites trying to thresh enough wheat that he might be able to feed his family. The Midianites were robbing, thieving bandits that raided their lands in swelling hordes. However, the Midianites were defeated by three hundred men wielding pitchers and candlesticks. The Midianites weren’t the problem. Gideon’s perspective was the problem. When Gideon got the right perspective, the Midianites were no longer an issue.
Moses was a stuttering, stammering has been. He was working a dead end job living in a horrible neighborhood. He worked long hours for little pay and was constantly looking over his shoulder. One day Moses saw a bush burning that wasn’t consumed by the fire. He didn’t have a different job. He didn’t get a pay raise. He was still living in the same terrible neighborhood. His past was still lurking over his shoulder but he got a brand new perspective about God and it changed His life forever.
This week pray that God would give you a right spirit and a right attitude. Ask God for a brand new perspective about your problems. Change your estimation of what you think God is willing to do in your life and watch your circumstances change.