1 Samuel 17:25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.
For 40 days the Children of Israel were troubled by Goliath and the Philistines. Every time that Goliath came out and spoke against Israel and their God, all of Israel cowered with fear. What was interesting about this episode is that when David came on the scene not only was he not fearful, he asked three times what would be done for the man who slew Goliath. He was told that the King would give that one great riches. The lesson that you can learn from David in this scenario is a perfect example for us to practice to see opportunities in the midst of a crisis; that is what champions do.
It is said that the Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis. “One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.” It is our natural instinct as humans to focus on the problems when we are faced with a crisis. As a result, it is easy then to miss the opportunities that will present themselves. It is necessary for you to retrain your mind to see opportunities in the midst of crisis. David allowed himself to see the opportunities by gathering information by asking questions.
Not because you are in the midst of a crisis means that it has to be all bad. There are two keys to win in a crisis; the first is to be prepared for the worst. David was prepared to fight a giant because he had already fought a lion and a bear, so he was ready for anything that the giant could throw at him. It is important that you are prepared for the worst; that will prevent you from running around like a chicken without its head in the midst of the crisis. That will give you room to be able to focus on the opportunities that will present themselves. The second thing David did was that he gathered information on the opportunities by asking questions. He asked three different sources the same question to assure himself that the information he received was verified as truth.
Life Application: Position yourself to take advantage of opportunities that could arise by being prepared for the worst that could happen and gathering information on the available opportunities from different verifiable sources.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I admit that unlike David I do not normally look for opportunities in a crisis and as such I typically get emotional and shut down. I pray that you will change my perspective on every negative things that happen in my life. In Jesus name, amen