Good Girls Don’t Finish Last
I’ve learnt a lot of lessons from the life of David and I wanted to share one of the ones that has really ministered to me.
David really honoured and showed a Christ-like attitude towards Saul, despite the fact he tried to kill him (several times). Not because David did anything wrong, but simply because others spoke so well of David and Saul grew angry and jealous.
Sometimes it’s not even what you did or what you said that makes you a target! This really hits home. Like wow. David did nothing but be himself and he had a ‘hater’. It’s so shocking when you read how Saul acted, but is it really that far from how our hearts can be at times? #HeartCheck
Sometimes you can be mistreated or disliked by others, even family - biological or church - simply because of their own issues. Somehow it’s projected to you and they behave funny towards you. It can cause you to question yourself because of who it may be that have an issue with you, but really that’s not your concern.
David was not after living for likes. But Saul was. Hence why He grew jealous. David was after something so much more than mans approval and getting his own way.
David had clear opportunities to take Saul out and make him look silly. But guess what? He didn’t take or use any of them. David didn’t talk bad about his father-in-law even though he really did throw a spear at him! Not shade. Not an indirect. A real spear!
David removed himself from the abusive and dangerous situation and left it to God. I’m so encouraged that this is an option, to remove yourself from unsafe environments even as a Christian. It doesn’t make you weak but can really protect you from crushing your soul any further.
Through David I see that it’s possible to go through so much and still be better and not bitter. To be betrayed by someone close. Someone authority, a leader, a trusted friend or family member and still come out on the other side, better and not bitter.
It shows me that being good is godly and is the right way. We learn this even through Jesus and how He treated those who spat in His face. But because of the joy set before Him - you and I being redeemed - we were a huge part of His joy, Christ endured the cross.
This really blows my mind. Who would endure something so painful but have joy in the midst of it all. Jesus. That’s who. And He teaches us how to have true joy in the midst of painful situations too.
He teaches us how to respond rightly and how He to be good like Him.
I wish someone had told me sooner that good people do finish first with Christ. But I’m glad I know it today. The pressing seasons in my life have taught me how to respond like Him more and more, and I really am grateful.
This faith walk is not easy, nor pain free. We live in a fallen world so there will be troubles, but this new kingdom that we are apart as born again people teaches us a better way to do life. It may not make sense to all and it may look like you’re being weak for not speaking out, giving a smart answer or being petty. But it’s a good move to remember your devotion to God in such situations. Stay focused on your joy and keep representing His heart as the set apart woman that you are.
Good girls - girls who loves Jesus more than their own lives, forgive others, pray for those who hurt them, refuse to engage in gossip and endure pressing times - DON'T finish last. They finish first...because of who they do life with and for. They are living to please Him.
“We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.” - James 5:11
“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” - Matthew 10:22
Meeting Jesus face to face is my joy. What’s your joy as you endure pressing times?
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