Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.” …So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.” So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah. (1 Samuel 16:1, 12, 13 NLT)
What do you do when you are certain you have received a clear promise from God that he will do a specific thing but long after the promise, nothing in your circumstances indicate that it is being fulfilled?
What do you do (if you were David), if a prophet comes to anoint you as king of your country and when you get summoned to the palace, what you get instead of the throne is a job to play as the palace musician for a murderous king? What do you do when the person occupying the throne that you know rightfully belongs to you starts to plot to take your life? What do you do when the ‘golden’ opportunity (contrary to the maxim that opportunity knocks only once) repeatedly presents itself to take out the obstacle to your God given throne?
The reality is that sometimes in our lives as it was in David’s, God announces the promise long before he plans to fulfill it. More importantly, God often shows us the mountain we will occupy but we often don’t get any indication as to the valleys we must cross to get to the mountain top. some scholars calculate that David was sixteen when Samuel anointed him king but we know that he was only crowned king at thirty; those years of hiding and waiting however did not change the fact that in God’s reckoning, he was the anointed king of Israel all that time.
David’s life offers us an important lesson to note while we wait for the fulfillment of God’s word in our lives. Never judge God’s word by your circumstances.