There are a few noteworthy points about David to bear in mind. David was the youngest of 8 boys and his duty was to stay in the fields and take care of his father's flock. He was a shepherd. One of the lowliest "jobs" you could have in Israel. You were with the animals almost 100% of the time. Your hygiene wasn't/couldn't be the best because you ate and slept with the animals. As such, you only had human interaction when replenishing provisions - or with fellow shepherds. However, in this "lowly" state whether he realized it or not, David was in "school".
In the fields while he was watching over his father’s sheep David learned discipline. In those fields as he took great care of the animals to which he was entrusted, David learned responsibility. When the surroundings became dangerous and outside elements threatened his charge David learned how to protect. When the sheep felt vulnerable or fell ill David had to learn compassion. In those fields where he was expected to stay, David wrote psalms. Most of all while he was in those fields David had a chance to learn about himself and the God of Israel.
While in those fields, David discovered he had a divine destiny.
"Now 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 selected a king for Myself among his sons.'" (1 Samuel 16:1 NASB)
In 1 Samuel chapter 16 we find the prophet Samuel on a journey to anoint the next king. And when he arrived at the house of Jesse, he found seven sons. And of the seven present Samuel had already picked who he believed God had chosen to be king - remember David, the black sheep of the family (no pun intended), was in the field. David was in his daily matriculation of compassion, discipline, protection, and responsibility. His father did not appear to be concerned with his youngest son - the shepherd. His brothers certainly did not step forward to remind their father that David was not present. And even the prophet of God had already chosen who he believed God wanted. But God in His providence intervened and let Samuel know that His ways are not our ways. His providence is not akin to our plans, and His vision differs from our hopeful predictions. God had a divine destiny for David, one that could not be kept relegated to the fields, could not be kept in the confines of his brothers’ aspirations, or his father’s negligence.
This should be encouraging to us. David’s circumstance did not deter God’s plans for His life. What He did for David He can and will do for us. God is concerned about us. He laid out our days long before we were born. He predestined our path, and orchestrated our direction. It does not matter how many times you may have been told you will never amount to anything. It does not matter how much more it appears your friends or colleagues have done. It does not matter what accomplishments your siblings or other family members have made. God has a specific destiny for you. Please know that God will providentially provide divine intervention and guide you to your divine destiny. He will step in with divine intervention and His plans for you will be carried out in spite of the flawed judgments of others.
"Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; ..." (1 Samuel 16:13a NKJV)
David went back to being a shepherd after he was anointed. He did not go into the streets of Bethlehem and make bold claims with hopes of fulfilling his destiny in that specific moment. He did not get arrogant and assert himself in his family even though he had been treated sub-par. He went back to working the work which was entrusted to him. He continued in his daily matriculation of compassion, discipline, protection, and responsibility. His preparation for leading God's people one day.
Do not give up on your divine destiny because it appears to be taking a hiatus.
It will be realized in God’s providential timing.
Just keep actively preparing for it.
It would be several years before David would ascend to the throne. David would have to face many trials and tribulations before he would sit in the king’s seat. His life would be constantly threatened and he would have many battles to face. But, just as it was with David - what God has appointed for you cannot be taken away by anyone.
" and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward ..."
(1 Samuel 16:13b NKJV)
We must also acknowledge the power that resides in us through the Holy Spirit. Thanks to God our Lord and Savior Jesus who is the Christ, for those of us who have accepted Him, we have the Holy Spirit that resides in us. The Holy Spirit’s appointing and anointing comes with power so we can go forth in what He has asked us to do. If God has put us on our path to His divine destiny, He has equipped us - with power - to follow that path. Since God has set apart and appointed us for His divine will, the gifts He has chosen to put in us have to be used.
Access the power He has put in you, and fulfill the destiny He has for you.
Just Around the Corner,