“The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 1 Samuel 16:1
David wasn’t even considered first. He seemed to be an after thought, “Oh, I guess I have one more son.” It seems like he probably lived a childhood of being unappreciated. He lived with the sheep.
Yet, here we are at his big moment: he gets anointed as king of Israel. That’s pretty much as cool as it gets. The prophet comes all the way to your house and God leads him directly to you in what seems like your obscurity (God has his eye on everyone and everything).
Then, you are anointed! It’s like the crescendo of your life up until this point.
Not only that, but the musical talent God gave you lands you in King Saul’s good graces playing for him (1 Samuel 16:23).
I would’ve thought I’d made it if I was in his position. He lived a difficult childhood, but it’s over now. He’s wanted by God himself to be the ruler of a nation! He’ll play for Saul, live in the palace and learn under him then eventually become king! YES!
However, that isn’t what happened. Before you know it, Saul develops jealousy towards David and he ends up on the run for YEARS from Saul. There are moments when he thought he’d die (which would nullify the promise).
I felt God speaking to me that, no one would want David’s story. BUT, everyone wants his promise (success) and his relationship with God.
I was thinking about this because, when people are in their moments of seeming obscurity, it’s so easy to see where they are as who they are. Maybe you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle and it looks like you’re losing. BUT, God is growing something inside you. He’s growing character. He’s preparing you for what’s to come.
Maybe, your relationship with him is becoming so solid nothing can stand against it.
Problem is, it doesn’t always feel that way nor does it always look that way.
I’ve definitely felt this in moments where I’d struggle with my health the most. As much as I’m fighting SO hard to get to where I’m going and as much as I love God, all people see is the deficit. They don’t see what’s going on inside. People start to peter away as the things that seem important to us (money, popularity, toned abs) start to fade away making room for something else (challenges, difficulties, perseverance). A verse I keep going over is, “3 …But we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame…” Romans 5:3-5
Let’s look at David’s life again, “And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’” Acts 13:22
David was a man after God’s own heart. This is a really big deal.
We see, in Psalms, how David consistently went to God, like they were best friends. God was David’s everything. When David seemed to be ‘losing’, it wasn’t counted as loss because he had the ultimate gain, a relationship with Christ.
For me, it really hits home because, we are guaranteed suffering in this life. Yet, that isn’t a sign that God is far off. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
As we’ve already seen, suffering produces character. It is NOT necessarily a sign that God is far off or that we’ve veered off course. I don’t always understand the path I’m on, but I do know to not discount those who are suffering or discount myself in my suffering. Sometimes we are the ones who are closest to God’s heart.
I pray we can all have vision to see what God sees in people. To see who they are not where they are. That we would be a people who look deeper into the matter of someone’s heart rather than on the outward successes. Because, you never know when you’re going to meet (or be) a David. I believe we’re all called to be like a David. We all have callings on our lives and we’re all called into relationship with God.
If you feel lost in obscurity even though you’ve been living right, know that something irrevocable is being built and God is close to you.
I’m pulling for you! <3
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