Take The Initiative To Do Good

II Samuel 9:1 says: “Then David said, ‘Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?'” As this story begins, which would culminate with King David taking the crippled son of Jonathan into his home and caring for all his needs, it is important that we note that it was DAVID who took the initiative here. No one from the house of Saul, or any of Jonathan’s relatives came to David and asked him if he would show kindness to them. No, HE took the initiative and sought to do them good.

In the same way, many of God’s people today need to be more zealous and purposeful in seeking to do good for others.

Most of us will surely help someone in need if we are asked. But where we often fail is in taking the initiative like David did here to purposefully seek out and discover those whom God would have us help. It is generally true that those most deserving and in need of our help are often the last ones who would ever ask. It should be up to the people of God to be led by His Spirit, and like David, take the initiative to purposefully seek to do the good that He would lead them to do.

A good prayer for today might be similar to that of David’s: “Lord, is there anyone for whom You would have me to show kindness today for Your sake?”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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