2 Samuel 7:8-9 (NIV)
8 "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I
took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my
people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut
off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the
names of the greatest men of the earth.
The Lord said He took David from a place of loneliness, where he had been
rejected by his family, left to care mostly for himself and the sheep to make
him ruler of God's people. But he was never alone, for God was always there
with him protecting him. And now God was going to make him great, a name that
would be remembered forever. Just think how many people know King David , the
Temple of David, the Star of David, or the story of David and Goliath. What
child hasn't heard the story of the boy who felled the giant with the sling?
The Lord kept his promise and made his name great.
Darlene Rose was a missionary in New Guinea when the Japanese took her as a POW
during WWII. Starving, alone, beaten, all she had was God. She knew that He was
there with her where ever she was. Having lost considerable weight she prayed,
"God, you know I'm thankful for the rice porridge and worms, but I would like a
banana, not a bunch, just one." The next day she just knew the guards were
coming to beat her after forgetting to bow to them, but instead the guard
opened the door and laid a bundle of bananas at her feet, 92 of them, not just
one. God never left Rose, He was always there with Her. In fact as it says in
Psalms, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.", God
truly prepared a banquet for Rose because of her prayer and His desire to care
for her. Do you realize that God is always with you too? He cares for you just
like He cared for Rose. Pray and let God know what is on your heart. Let him
know about your loneliness, your pains, your hurts, and your needs. God is
listening because He is always close to you.