I often forget I have an accent. That is until someone reminds me.
Last night in class, we did an exercise where we listed redundant words in our writing. When it came to be my turn, I threw out ‘too.’ I know I’m guilty of using that word too much.
I was then informed this is actually an American writing habit and rather uncommon in English.
My American was showing.
I wasn’t ashamed of who I was, but I had forgotten I was the foreigner.
Since I feel at home in Nottingham, I find it more and more difficult to recall that I’m different. I didn’t ever think I would grow accustomed to the beautiful English accent, but I don’t even distinguish that even more.
Everything just is, and I love it. I’m comfortable in this place.
In 1 Samuel 22:3-5, we read the following:
3 And David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother come and stay with you until I know what God will do for me.”
4 Then he left them with the king of Moab; and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.
5 The prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.
In his fear of Saul, David had fled his own kingdom. Despite what Saul and David both felt with regard to one another, there was no arguing with God.
God had anointed and appointed David to be the king of Israel.
David was now abiding as a foreigner in a land that wasn’t his inheritance
His fear had led him to flee, and his fleeing had made him a foreigner. David was called to do great things, but fear kept his feet wandering in a desert place.
Scripture tells us the prophet Gad instructed David to leave his stronghold. To depart.
But the instruction doesn’t end there. Gad also told David to enter the land of Judah.I don’t want you to miss this, friends.
I can imagine David growing quite comfortable in the land of Moab. At least here, he felt a sense of security from Saul. Here he could escape the exhaustion and effort of evading pursuers. He was distanced from it all.
But David was called to the land of Judah. He wasn’t told to abide in Moab, and he certainly wasn’t king of Moab.
God had anointed and appointed David as king of His people. David had a destiny, a purpose, but his time in Moab was threatening the development of that potential.
Where are we stopping short? Seriously, I want us to stop and think about this for a moment. What is our stronghold?
Commentaries agree that the stronghold Gad prophesied about was a reference to David’s dwelling in the land of Moab. A place of comfort.
In the well-known song “Oceans” by Hillsong, one of the verses proclaim “Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders.” We can sing this until the cows come home, but if we aren’t willing to leave our stronghold then our words are empty.
Stepping into our destiny ins’t going to be easy. We have an enemy who wants nothing more than for us to dwell in our strongholds, to stay fettered down by our doubts and insecurities.
But our mighty God calls us into the land of Judah! He beckons us follow Him into the place of our inheritance.
Yes, we will encounter struggles of various kind along the way but take heart, dear brethren, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance! And let endurance have its perfect result so that we may be perfect (mature) and complete (in Christ Jesus), lacking nothing! (James 1: 2-3).
And can we bask in the glory of what ‘Judah’ means? Judah translates to ‘praise’. God is calling us back into a space of praise. I feel that with all my heart.
Praising God in all circumstances is challenging, but let me encourage you with this truth: Scripture tells and God’s faithfulness affirms that His promises are true.
God designed you with a specific purpose in mind. He created you uniquely to play a part in His perfect plan, but the choice of where we will dwell is left to us.
We can either stay in a place of deceptive comfort, or we can enter into a space of destiny and praise.