Is winning the goal? If winning is the goal what happens when you lose? Are you defeated? Your reaction to winning or losing will reveal the condition of your heart.
David was a man after God’s own heart. David had an opportunity to kill his enemy Saul when Saul entered the same cave in which David’s army was hiding. Look at David’s heart to get some idea of God’s own heart toward mankind. David faced his enemy with humility and gentleness, not fear. What was David’s goal – to win or serve a higher purpose? David’s heart wanted to see Saul’s heart changed and restored to the obedience of God. David could have chosen winning. Instead David chose a goal of forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation, salvation and redemption.
Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the LORD’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you. 1 Samuel 24:8-13
David was the winner. He could have easily solved the problem and gotten rid of his enemy King Saul. Yet David did not kill King Saul.
What then was David’s goal? Winning or losing can be a strategy to obtain a higher goal. What then is the higher goal?
The purpose and goal is always righteousness and redemption; winning and losing are strategies to conquer the purpose and goal. God is about the ministry of reconciling people to himself away from their rebellious, selfish nature. God uses winning and losing as strategies to obtain HIS ultimate goal of redemption and righteousness. Man generally looks at winning as the main goal. God’s goal for man is much bigger and is eternal. Man tends to have temporal goals versus Spiritual goals.
Because David could have killed Saul, David was in a position to bring Glory to God and expose the motives of his heart.
Make your goal to seek righteousness. You can use winning or losing as strategies to obtain this goal. When we make winning and losing the goal, you tend to live in defeat when there is loss. God has given you victory through HIS son Jesus Christ. Share the victory of your salvation with others today in all circumstances. Use the platform of excellence in victory to share your salvation; concurrently also use the platform of loss to share the victory of salvation.
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