A MAN OF INTEGRITY
Verse: 1 Samuel 17:34-3534 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
When we look at 1 Samuel 16:11,
11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
David was the last person that popped into his father’s mind when he presented his sons to Samuel. And if Samuel didn’t ask Jesse if that was all his sons, maybe he would have forgotten David. But David didn’t mind. He was focused at the task at hand which was to tend his father’s sheep. And that helped David develop his character – his inner qualities. Because when God develops our inner qualities, He’s never in a hurry. Those things take time and discipline to cultivate.
And when we look at what’s happening around us, the internet, cars, trains, planes, fast-foods –everything is in a hurry. There’s no problem with that, and we needed those things for us to get by but we still have to remember that if we want to be like David, standing up in the midst of a great challenge and accepting it without hesitation, we have to take our time and discipline ourselves to cultivate our inner qualities.
A number of years back, a young and very successful executive was travelling down a suburban street in his brand new black jaguar. Suddenly a brick was thrown from the sidewalk, thumping into the side of the car.
Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguar back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. The driver jumped out, grabbed the kid who had thrown the brick and pushed him up against a parked car. “What was that all about?!” he screamed. “That’s my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money!”
“Please, mister, please …. I’m sorry! I didn’t know what else to do!” pleaded the youngster. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop!” Tears were dripping down the boy’s chin as he pointed around the parked car. “It’s my brother, mister,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.” Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
The mood was transformed in a moment as the young executive realized what had occurred. He lifted the young man into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts. He then watched as the younger brother pushed him down the sidewalk toward their home.
The young executive never did fix the dented side door of his Jaguar. He kept the dent to remind himself not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him just to get his attention.
Sometimes, life is going to throw a brick for us to realized that we have to stop the things that we are doing and focus in cultivating our inner qualities. Because that is the thing that can help us face the challenge of a giant.
Great Days with the Great Lives by Charles Swindoll