Blessed By Your EnemiesThe ravens brought Elijah bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17:6
God's principles are ageless. David did not limit himself and he surely did not limit God. David knew his own unworthiness before God, and yet God still chose to forgive him and to use him. Knowing this enabled David the proper attitude toward others. He knew that people fall into two categories: 'vessels of honor' and 'vessels of dishonor.' Getting his eyes off people, being neither impressed nor depressed by them, afforded David unlimited opportunities. Why? Because he freed others up to be used by God, too! So, learn to love, accept, and get along with difficult people; God chooses to do so with you!David had the ability to work effectively with difficult people. It does not get much more challenging than working with someone who has an 'evil spirit' troubling him. At first David enjoyed Saul's favor, but later Saul sought to kill him. Yet David never changed his strategy. He stayed in the house because he knew the blessing of God was his in the house. And because of the conduct and wisdom with which he handled the situation, he ended up owning the house! Do not limit God to using only people you approve of. That's foolish! God used a raven, a dirty bird, to feed the prophet Elijah. Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem with money provided by a heathen king. When God moves, those who would normally shun you may become the source of what you need. By avoiding them you may unwittingly block a blessing God had in mind for you. Your tendency to alienate certain people can handicap you in life. You cannot escape working with difficult people. God wants you to grow in the midst of negativity, not be sucked into it!
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