1 Samuel 24:6-7 (NIV)
He [David] said to his men, â€œThe Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lordâ€™s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.â€� 7 With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
The above passage tells us of a time when young David had the opportunity to kill Saul – a King who had been after his life. King Saul was particular about killing David because the same man who anointed Saul as king over Israel had also anointed David as a replacement King for Saul. However, David was yet to become King because the PROCESS to make him king had not yet happened. Although he was King Elect (anointed by the King Maker, Prophet Samuel), he knew the process of getting there mattered. He knew the law was clear, you never kill a man anointed by God and the reigning King, Saul, was anointed.
In the passage for today, David told his men God forbid for him to break process to achieve his dreams – even a dream sanctioned by God. What are your dreams, what has God promised you or what are you hoping to get from God? A wonderful spouse? Money, Power, Leadership, being a missionary for Christ? Whatever it is you desire or maybe have even been promised by God, you must ensure that you do not go trying to get it outside of the will of God.
Think of your life, If you were David, would you just do this â€˜littleâ€™ wrong of killing an anointed man (whom God rejected) just to fast track your desire, hope, or Godâ€™s promise to you? Would you break ranks or stay the course and keep hoping and laboring?
Go into today asking the Holy Spirit to search your heart, and help you wholly trust Godâ€™s plan while also giving you the grace to continue working hard within Godâ€™s command and rule.
Prayer: Lord, help me wholly trust your plan and receive grace to continue working hard within your command and rule. Amen.
-Dr. Stephen O Ohize
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