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Reflecting On: David’s Patience

Reflecting on David's Patience

Last week, I was studying David’s rise to kingship in my Sunday School manual. When King Saul disobeyed God by rushing to make a sacrifice on his own, God decided to appoint David to replace him.

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.” 1 Samuel 16:13 (NKJV)

Even though David was the youngest of his brothers and a Shepard, God still destined him to be king. The part that held my attention was that David went back to being a Shepard after he was anointed. He knew he would be king one day, but he didn’t change his lifestyle. He continued to live humbly as a Shepard until he was called to come to the palace. How many of us can live within our current means if we were promoted to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company? I probably would start researching how to customize a Tesla, as soon as, I signed my employment agreement. David was certainly a patient and humble man. It’s a challenge to perceive where you’re going, yet decide to wait until the future is ready to receive you. David didn’t leave his home until King Saul summoned him to the palace.

Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, ‘Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 1 Samuel 16:19 (NKJV)

David eventually made it to the palace, but he didn’t start at the top. He started from the bottom. He started playing music for King Saul to relieve him of his stress. Eventually, David worked his way up to kingship.

Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, ‘Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” 1 Samuel 16: 22 (NKJV)

As a millennial, David’s work ethic and patience is inspiring. Most of us would rather start at the top and figure it out. If I was offered a CEO position and was told I’m starting in the mailroom and working my way up. I would be in my feelings…hard. I would much rather start the CEO position and learn from trial and error. However, that would be a recipe for disaster. Essentially, David learned to be a king by serving another king patiently for 13 years. When he finally rose to the top, he hit the ground running. At times, it may seem like we are always answering to a boss. It can be hard when we have some fresh ideas we want to implement and feel we can carry the company or a personal business far. However, everyone has to be go through training in order to succeed. It will save us a lot of time and stress to learn and soak up as much knowledge as possible until it’s time for us to be promoted in life.

Lord, grant me the grace to wait patiently for my timing.

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