Identify Opportunities in Your Crisis Situations

Daily Devotional

1 Samuel 17:26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

How you see your situation determines whether it is perceived as a crisis or an opportunity. When Goliath taunted Israel in 1 Samuel 17, all of Israel saw it as a crisis except David. Because they saw the situation as a crisis, they were overcome with fear and for 40 days did nothing. In addition, they paid little or no attention to the reward that Saul promised to the man who killed Goliath. The problem was that they were unable to see the opportunity that existed in the crisis. David on the other hand, recognized that there was a crisis, but also gave attention to the opportunity. He asked the question in 1 Samuel 17:26 what shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine and taketh away the reproach from Israel? Even after he was told that the man would be made rich and given the daughter of the King to marry, he went again and asked the same question in 1 Samuel 17:30. While everybody else was talking about the problem, the focus of David’s conversation was on the opportunity and the reason that was the case was because he saw the situation as an opportunity.

There is always an opportunity in every crisis; those who come out on top are those who see and seize the opportunities that come before them. The reason David could seize the opportunity was because he was most prepared. He had previously killed a lion and a bear with his bare hands and those encounters with those ferocious animals prepared him mentally and physically to conquer the giant. What is the crisis that you are facing? Recognize that there are also opportunities in the same situation. The opportunities may include learning and growth or promotion. David changed the trajectory of his life by seizing the opportunity and you can do the same.

Life Application: Amid the difficulties that you might face, see and seize the opportunities that are before you by being prepared. In addition, change your language from talking about the problem to talking about opportunities for growth and development.

Prayer: Lord, help me to identify the opportunities that are present in every difficult situation that I face instead of allowing them to consume me with negativity. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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