…..this isn’t your season for the throne?
What if i told you that although you’ve been anointed to go ahead with ministry, it wasn’t time for you just yet to pull out from where you are currently serving?
What if God tells you that you still have to remain under someone for another 15years before He releases you to go start your business, ministry or job?
I wrote a blog post recently on Closed Gates which was about God’s timing. However as i studied 1 Samuel 16, i noticed something David did and i felt i should share here.
Saul was rejected by God as king of Israel as a result of his disobedience. David was then anionted king to replace Saul.
Interestingly you would think that God would prepare the palace before choosing David. This wasn’t the case here. It goes to show that God is not a one way person. He chose to handle David’s case differently. Saul who was rejected by God remained on the throne for another 15 years. This meant that David had to wait for 15 years to reign.
Can you imagine that?
What even makes it more interesting is the fact that the anointed king (David) went ahead to serve the rejected king (Saul) for a long time.
Now it’s different if he didn’t know that Saul has been rejected by God. The fact that he knew and he chose to do what he did, amazes me.
Chapter 17 reveals that he still went ahead to serve his dad by helping him with his flocks in the field even after he’s been anointed as a king.
Could it be that his willingness to serve and his humility were the attributes God saw in him?
I don’t know about you but i’m not sure i would have done what David did in this instance. I mean we are talking about the palace here. This is David who was in the bush few hours ago looking after his father’s flock, meeting a life changing opportunity.
Let me use another example. It’s like saying God picks me from my small house in Manchester to be the Prime Minister of Britain. Boy! That is a big deal. That isn’t something that happens everyday. And to make the story more interesting, God tells me that He has striped the person who is currently there of the power that enabled him to be there?
Well, to be honest, my attitude wouldn’t have been like that of David. Not when God has exposed Saul’s secret. I would have written an open letter to Saul letting him know that he is doing overtime. I would have called the press to my house to do an interview about it. I would have been proud and arrogant towards him. I would have pointed out his flaws to him and ensured he always remembered the reasons why God rejected him. I would have gone to tell others my story so they could see why Saul was no longer fit for the throne. I would have searched endlessly for bible verses to back up my plan for a coup. I would have protested (definitely).
Ok let’s assume i was ok with waiting. Telling me to serve Saul? That is asking too much. I wouldn’t have considered accepting that job offer.
David’s heart shown in this text is so beautiful. Not surprised he always won the heart of God. He showed a deep level of humility and servanthood. He understood that he didn’t need to put Saul down before others just to make himself look great. He understood what it meant to respect authority. It wasn’t his place to dethrone Saul. That was God’s job and He knew that God will finish what He has started in His time.
Like David, do I really allow God finish what He has started or do I jump in to ‘help’ God?
I love how the word of God acts as a mirror showing us who we really are. This really challenged me. My heart isn’t in anyway near that of David. So i’m praying;
That God will forgive me for my arrogance
That He will help me to remain humble everytime He promotes me
That i would truly understand and exhibit a heart of service
That i will be patient in allowing Him fight my battles.