In Spite Of The Donkey Chase

The following is a guest post written by a good friend of mine, Jonathan King.  He is also a contributing writer for the www.theonenessbridge.com.

1 Samuel 9:2-3 (From the Amplified Bible)

2 Kish had a son named Saul, a choice young man and handsome; among all the Israelites there was not a man more handsome than he. He was a head taller than any of the people. 3 The donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. Kish said to Saul, Take a servant with you and go, look for the donkeys.

The Bible tells us about the day that the donkeys of Saul’s father were lost.  In those times, much like today, donkeys were among the least desirable animals to have. Lets be honest… Donkeys are a pain! They never seem to want to go where you want them to go, and they rarely will do what you want them to do. And yet when they were lost, Saul is sent to find them.

Saul, as described here in 1st Samuel, is a man wrapped in an incredible heritage. Seven generations of Saul’s family is traced out and history would tell us that success surrounded his lineage. Not only did he have the heritage, but the Bible says that he was the most handsome man in all of Israel! Saul had it going on! But today, he is sent to find some lost DONKEYS!

 
 

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If we were to be honest, most of us become slightly irritated when we are sent on donkey chases. You know what I’m talking about… Its those tasks from the Lord that even though I may not say it, I am definitely thinking “Seriously Lord? Don’t you have somebody else to do this?” I’m sure that Saul wasn’t thrilled about going to hunt down those donkeys. He would never have said it to his father, but you better believe when he got out of hearing distance, that servant heard his frustration!

Donkey chases have so much in common with my life it seems. How?

  • Did you know that most donkeys are sterile? They are incapable of producing ANYTHING! Have you ever been given a task that didn’t seem as though was capable of producing any thing of value?
  • A donkey is almost always associated with being a pain and hard to be around. Have you ever been given a task from God to love someone who maybe was a little difficult to be around?

I think you get the picture. The reality is that any of the servants of Saul’s’ household could have easily been sent to find these ignorant donkeys, but daddy sent Saul. And so Saul departed on his donkey chase.

Have you ever realized that it was while Saul was in the middle of a job that someone else SHOULD have been doing that he met the Prophet who anointed him as King of Israel? You see, God is able to do AMAZING things in spite of the Donkey Chase!

I encourage you to never be discouraged about the tasks that you find yourself performing. Who knows what the Lord is trying to show you. You very well could find the greatest calling of your life… In Spite of the Donkey Chase!

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The Lifetime of an Opportunity

It has been said that the opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity. Every great opportunity has its limitations. There is a limited period of time in which to make use of their offer and their opportunity.

This truth is illustrated by the story of an old Saxon king who set out to put down a rebellion in a distant province of his kingdom. When the insurrection had been quelled, the king put a candle over the archway of his castle where he had headquarters and, lighting the candle, announced to all who had been in rebellion against him that all who surrendered while the candle was burning would be spared. The king offered mercy, but the offer was limited to the lifetime of the candle.

Every great offer of life and of time has its candle limitations. We always say tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. All we have are our todays. It doesn’t matter what you will do with your opportunity tomorrow, what will you do with it today?

To the sinner, today is the day of salvation. Please don’t wait for we are not promised tomorrow. Repent and turn to Jesus today.

To the child of God, what is it that God is calling you to do? Please, the world is counting on the Church today. We cannot afford to wait until tomorrow.

The wick is short. The flame flickers. The opportunity has almost lived its lifetime.

Please Watch Your Step

One of the first feelings that I had while hiking the Appalachian Trail was a feeling of frustration.  Seriously, it only took about fifteen minutes for me to really start to feel frustrated.  I’m thinking, “I’m on vacation!  I’m supposed to be relaxing and enjoying myself!”  But I was frustrated.

Why?

I was frustrated because I wanted to see where the trail was leading.  I wanted to look at the beautiful scenery all around me.  The problem was that every time I took my focus off of my next few steps to look around, I would step on a rock and twist my ankle or I would trip on a root that was reaching up from the ground to grab me and make me fall.

Isn’t that just the way life is sometimes?  We get so focused on what’s going on around us or we want to get our eyes on the end of the journey and we totally lose focus on the next step…and we fall.  If you are anything like me, you want to know where life is taking you; you want to know the end before you take the first step.  However, God rarely spoils a good ending by giving us all of the details.  And He often asks us to go without knowing where we are going (just like Abraham).

Sometimes generals will issue marching orders that are not to be read until the army or the individuals have reached a certain location.  These are known as closed orders.  The one receiving the orders does not know what the orders are when they set out for their mission.  They must go in faith and in courage, knowing that the one who sent them chose them for this mission because they were likely to succeed.

Nick Sisco (Missionary to Ghana, Teacher & Mentor extraordinaire) once told me that when we are called by God, He puts before us a blank contract and says, “Sign here.”  But we want to know the details of the contract, “What am I agreeing to, Lord?  Where are you sending me?  How much am I going to have to sacrifice?  How hard will it be?”  But, of course, that’s not the deal, “Just sign here.”

His word is a lamp unto your feet and light unto your path.  He may not show you the end, but rest assured if you are following Him, He will always show you the next step.

Please watch your step.