1 Samuel 16.12-13 says, ďSo he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him; for this is the one! Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.Ē
Can you imagine? David had been tending sheep just moments before out in his father, Jesseís field. His older brothers had been passed over and Davidís job interrupted so that he may be anointed as King over Israel. Talk about unexpected visitation! I have to imagine that I would immediately go nuts! King over Israel? Hello! But David just went back to the field to watch over his fathers sheep. What he did not do is go around announcing to everyone that he was to be their king, he did not make wild plans with his new-found status. What he did do is return to the work the Lord had already put in his hands to do.
I have always been amazed at Davidís life. Here he was, knowing he was to be King over Israel, and yet he was just as happy to go about his business of tending sheep. Like David, many of you have been anointed for a very specific purpose and yet you feel like your situation and circumstance do not line up with that call. How can you make a difference for the Kingdom of God when your bank account is empty and your influence strangled? Donít loose heart! Donít despise this time of preparation. For like David, you, too are being prepared for something larger than yourself and your own limitations.
It was Godís plan to put David into Saulís household as a servant. God caused distressing spirits to plague Saul so that Davidís gift as a worshipper would be needed in the presence of the King. This gave David entrance into the realm he was to rule. Continually God provided situations that were difficult for David to handle in his own strength so he would understand the necessity of relying on Godís power and anointing.
The favor of the Lord was on David to sooth Saulís troubled spirit. The favor of the Lord was on David to slay the giant, Goliath and bring victory to the armies of Israel. The favor of the Lord was on David as he was set over the men of war to defeat the Philistines. The favor of the Lord was on David to escape the murderous attempts of the now jealous King Saul. All through these treacherous situations, David remembered the call on his life. He remembered he was anointed and that God was with him. Never did he brag or flaunt his future position as king over Israel to those around him. Instead, he embraced the trials and hardships that came his way and gained the favor of a nation.
Many times we get this attitude of, ďIím anointed, I should have it easy from now on and everyone should make way for me!Ē No! When God anoints you, you are not automatically appointed, too! This is a time for you to gain strength, ability, knowledge and respect. No one would have respected David as king if he had come directly from the field to the throne. They observed him in battle and in service and came to respect the favor of the Lord he walked in. Only then could he become an effective leader over Israel. 1 Samuel 18.5 says, ďSo David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saulís servants.Ē Notice that David behaved wisely! If God calls and anoints you to sing, you do not have to immediately go out and market yourself for record contracts! Sit back and watch the plan of God unfold. His ways are higher than our own and the greatest plan we could come up with by our own volition pales in comparison to the awesome plan of our Heavenly Father.
The road from anointed to appointed may seem long and arduous, but do not despise the process. His Word will not return void, put your trust in Him and watch Him do His thing!