OCTOBER 1: LANDSCAPES

October 1: Sunday
LANDSCAPES
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with Mine eye."
Psalm 32:8

God cultivates attributes by leading us into specific landscapes.
Three key attributes of David:
Responsive, Reflective, Reflexive
We want to know how they got there.
-----
The landscapes in David's life contributed to significant attributes ascribed him and cultivated a favorable soul formation within him that God found desirable.
Consider:
In the pasture David learned skills of care-taking, conservation and animal husbandry, defending, protecting, decision-making, composing, reflecting, and comfort with solitude and "aloneness."
In the King's palace, as a servant, he learned friendship, companionship, compassion, loyalty, musical therapy, humility, and servanthood.
In the battlefield he learned warring technique, flexibility, agility, responsibility, strategy, organization, leadership, courage, fearlessness, and devotion.
The landscape of David's heart was a combination of intensely woven experiences that positioned him for the ultimate station that God had created him for:
Shepherd and King over His people.
Beautiful David ... how could he have known all that he would become and how the varied formation of landscapes presented him were part of an over-all-plan preparing him for works of service to God?
------
The variation of landscapes introduced to David throughout his life should cause us to be encouraged in the landscapes God, in like manner, designates for us.
Without looking ahead and without looking back, we must engage ourselves diligently in the place which we are brought to, and employ ourselves in the tasks we are given over to, with wholeness of heart and confidence in the trustworthiness of God's perfect and much greater plan.
What God chooses to make of you and where God chooses to locate you ... is a plan that originated in His heart before time began.
Trust the hand that's leading and keep on feeding on His never-changing, ever-constant word.
Learn of Him,
Listen to Him,
Lean on Him,
And love Him in the landscape He has brought you to.
------
Three study suggestions:
1) Consider a character trait you value in David's life and reflect on the landscape which contributed to its development. Locate the passage in God's word and reflect on it throughout the day. Record insights.
2) What has proven to be the most difficult landscape God has brought you to and what was developed "in" you during that time?
3) Consider the lives of your loved ones and select one individual you deem in a difficult landscape and take the time to encourage them through note, text, or phone call.
------
"And Samuel said unto Jesse, 'Are all thy children here?' and he said, 'There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, 
'Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down until he come hither.'
... And the Lord said, 'Arise and anoint him, for this is he."
1 Samuel 16:11&12b