Yesterday, we looked at King David’s life and how, despite being the outcast of his family, he was called by God. We will continue to learn from his life over the next few days, focusing primarily on the issue of his anointing. To anoint means to “choose by divine election or to designate,” according to the dictionary. Samuel crowned David as King when he first came to Jesse’s house, but that was far from a guarantee of speedy coronation and deliverance. David’s life became much more difficult as soon as he was called by God!
Not only had the newly-designated king been rejected by his family since his youth, but his calling had also enraged his mentor, King Saul, who was filled with anger and jealously. David became a frequent friend of the king after killing the giant Goliath, sitting in his court, and gaining the title of a great general who fought many battles on behalf of his country. However, due to his ability as a warrior, the young soldier became well-known throughout the nation, stealing the king’s glory. Despite his lifelong love for Saul, the king turned against David and made him his bitter and despised enemy, pursuing him fiercely until he was forced to flee into the wilderness.
Friend, don’t be surprised if God calls you out and sets you apart to do something wonderful for His Kingdom. Although David was a tactical genius, a tireless worker, and a fiercely loyal servant of the king, he was punished. He was aggressively pursued at the time he was marked by the Lord to become king, and his life became even more difficult! You see, God’s call is serious, and the more serious it is, the more opposition you will confront. Don’t get disheartened if things appear to be going wrong; it only shows you’re on the correct track! Even if Jesus leads you into the wilderness, keep following Him. He desires to meet you there and use your time of hardship and testing to mold you into a more like Him person. No matter how it looks, He is preparing you for the amazing things He has called you to do — just don’t lose heart!