Week 20: The Value of Diligence
S: 1 Sam 16:18
18 One of the young men said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a brave and competent man, a warrior, discerning (prudent, eloquent) in speech, and a handsome man; and the Lord is with him.”
O: The outworking of David’s diligence is what we see at play in this scripture. David’s skill, his character, and his anointing could only be built through the work of diligence which is a series of right decisions and right actions to improve and grow. Without him being aware, these three traits were being discussed in the palace, a world he did not have access to. The opportunity that arose for David came through someone that remembered him. This means that David must have displayed behaviour and a level of decorum over time that made him attractive for the task. Even though all that was requested of David in that scenario was his skill, the added bonus of his good character and anointing made the difference and enabled him to get the job done well. There are times when you might not feel that anyone is watching, and maybe you have gotten away with behaving badly because you don’t think it matters. This shows us that good character always pays off. It is good to be good regardless of who is watching. That being said, an added benefit of good character is that it acts as a little hinge that has the power to swing wide open very big doors because of who was watching.
A: Allow the substance that is good character, skill and anointing always be on display.
P: Lord, thank you for showing me that skill is not enough. Help me to demonstrate the substance of good character at all times and above all, be at the centre of everything I do.