“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” – Pro 18:16
King David wrote this passage, and he is speaking from firsthand knowledge. The word gift in this setting means “that which has enlarged you”. That thing which you can give, and or do which has made you to become enlarged in the eyes of others. Think about it. It is something that you have the ability to do or give out that sets you apart from others. It goes along with helping you to become established in the purpose God has ordained for your life.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
This passage points to God’s purpose and destiny that he has for each of us. We discover that destiny through seeking Him. Sometimes, it is discovered accidentally. But once it is discovered, it must be directed towards the purposes God has designed.
Let us explain by taking a look at the life of King David. Here we have a young man who at a young age was sent to keep his father’s sheep. (1 Samuel 16) He picks up a stone/rock and begins to practice throwing it. He learns and practices how to sling it. He probably initially started out throwing and slinging the rock simply because it was fun or perhaps because he was bored. Over time, he became a highly skilled slingshot expert and extremely confident when aiming at his targets.
David enlarged himself by developing the natural ability God gave him. When he started out, he was probably pretty good skill from the start but through practice day in and day out, he improved to the level of expert.
When we think of the people who end up at the Olympics, we see them with that same spirit. There was a natural gift or ability, a desire and a purpose within them that had driven them. They developed it and focused on it. They tried. They kept on trying. Nothing is worse than having a little ability, a little seed, on the inside and doing nothing with it.
Let’s look at the second part of Pro 18:16:
“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
That gift, once developed, will bring you before great men. Now, we ask you this simple question:
Did David kill Goliath with a stone or with a song?
You know the answer to that one. No! He didn’t sing Goliath to death!!!! It was his “developed gift” of slinging that stone that brought down the Philistine’s greatest and most evil weapon, Goliath. God didn’t supernaturally guide the slung rock either. David’s victory came from the developed skill that resulted from practicing the natural gift that God had given him. Simply put, David had a knack for throwing rocks.
David had many gifts. But the one he developed on his own in the back fields when no one was around was the very thing that brought him before great men and eventually into the palace as King of Israel.
So, we always must stop to consider the song and the stone. Don’t just sing, pick up your rock and sling!
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