“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV)
Lawrence O. Richards wrote the following: Greatness is something many desire, but few understand (and fewer still will ever realize in a lifetime). Usually (more often than not), we recognize the great only after they have achieved (some level of astounding success). We call them “great” after their military victories have been won, their administrative skills have brought success, or their talents have gained them awards. What we see is the finished product, not the process. (Bible Teacher’s Commentary (1989). David C. Cook Publishing. (214, words in parentheses are mine))
So we tend to romanticize greatness (without understanding that there is a process that leads to greatness). The same thing happens in the Christians realm. The new believer, who dreams of the day he (or she) will do great things for God, or the individual who yearns for the day he will live a victorious life, have both romanticized spiritual greatness (without considering the process). They have missed the point that quality and character are forged in experience. Greatness comes only through a process that always contains an element of pain.
David’s Journey to Greatness
Before David became king of all Israel, he experienced many struggles and setbacks on his journey to his destiny. From the moment of his birth to his final days, he transitioned through countless experiences in the process. He encountered rejection by his father, who failed to include David with his other brothers when the most powerful Prophet-Judge by the name of Samuel came to have dinner at his house. His father rejected him by not inviting him to the table. Look at it from this perspective: President Obama is coming to your home for dinner and you purposely exclude one of your sons who live in your house from the dinner with the President.
Beloved, let me encourage you. Friends and family may disregard or reject you, but God does not. Your friends and family can’t keep you away from your destiny. Remember: The prophet came to anoint a king. God knows what’s in your heart. God was looking for a man after his own heart, and that man was the anointed shepherd boy who smelled like sheep and knew how to touch God. You may be experiencing rejection, but let me assure you that it is part of the process you must go through. My friend, find a mirror, look into it, and like David did, encourage yourself. “But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” (KJV)
David left his father’s house and went to serve the king. He was successful in his assignment, and the potential of this shepherd boy who smelled like sheep was evident to many, including King Saul. One day when David returned from a successful campaign against the Philistines, the women began to sing a song about David saying, “Saul has killed his thousand but David has killed ten thousand”. Be careful of what people say about you. King Saul, upon hearing this, instantly became jealous of David and purposed in his heart to kill him. David became a fugitive and fled for his life. Everywhere David ran, Saul pursued him. Saul tried to kill him all because of a song.
“Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Not what more can he have but the kingdom? Saul looked at David with suspicion from the day on.” (1 Sam. 18:8-9)
During this period in David’s life he learned how to endure the process. How are you holding up? Are you growing and maturing or are you losing faith in God and/or turning away from God? Remember: The process is the doorway to your destiny in God. The process will not break you if you stay focused on God. In fact, it will only make you stronger. I know my words may not make sense to you right now, especially if you are being persecuted and did nothing wrong. Listen to the words of the great Apostle Paul:
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
Also, remember God’s promise:
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” (1 Cor. 10:13 The Message)
Let It Go
God allowed Saul to persecute David so that God could get the Saul out of David. What past hurts do you need released from your life? Just LET IT GO!
As I have stated, the process does not break you, it makes you. Remember that a pearl is born out of an irritation, gold is purified by fire and a diamond is created by pressure. One more time, go to the mirror and say to yourself:
“I see myself in the future, and things look so much better”
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