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And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage. (1 Samuel 25:13)

When you lie down among the sheepfolds (saddlebags),
You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with glistening gold.
Psalm 68:13

David commanded every man to strap on his sword, but he didn’t call every man out to battle. He called 400 men out to fight, but 200 remained with the baggage (I assume to protect it from thieves).

Being left behind when you’ve been trained for the battle can be defeating. It can give you a sense of inferiority, causing you to be tempted to think, “why wasn’t I asked to go out & fight?”

Maybe in these times you see yourself as weak or incapable or useless. You’re not strong like the others trained for service, you think. You’ve been left behind to waste your gifts and abilities.

Yet, you should not look at it this way. You have been left back for a purpose. You have been asked to stay back & protect the possessions of the entire army. You are being asked to stand watch, to keep alert, to guard the treasures of the kingdom.

And look at how the Lord speaks of you: “When you lie down among the sheepfolds (saddlebags), you are like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and its pinions with glistening gold.” You are a shining example of the glory of the Lord for all to see. You are of great worth in the eyes of the Lord. You are exactly where you need to be and are performing a great service to the King.

Trust God with where you are in your life today, and believe that He has you right where He wants you so that you might radiate His glory–the glory of Jesus to others.

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