This morning a friend mentioned the story of David and Saul to me, and it made me go back to my bible and read on it. What a story.
1 Samuel 16 v 21
21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
David came entered the service of Saul in the scripture above, and Saul liked him very much. I can imagine that David was probably a favored servant, and Saul most likely relied on David to run important errands in his household. He could easily have been a favorite employee who got all the year end bonuses and invoked the envy of his fellow colleagues. Fast forward to the scripture below:
1 Samuel 18 v 8 – 9
8 Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9 And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.
Now we see the same Saul who loved David, being displeased with the same David who used to be a star employee! How things changed for David. I can only imagine the pain he felt. Saul now kept a close eye on David…..so he watched him closely and probably noticed and picked on all his minor faults.
David had to go through that. It was all due process. It was preparation. At some point David had to flee to Samuel at Ramah just to hide from his once beloved master whom he had served faithfully.
If today you have been attacked by those you served faithfully, do not despair, it is all due process. God is preparing you for something bigger. Whatever happens, do not grow bitter in your heart, pray for your them as per the instructions in the bible. If you are hurt in the house of God, let that not change your perspective of God. Do not be drawn into unhealthy and sinful conversations. Do not start murmuring. Keep looking to Him. He is still God, and human beings are still human beings. Repent of all wrongdoing, give honor where it is due, and keep worshiping your God. Do not grow weary of doing what is good, in due season, you will reap.
Have a great week.