David experienced THE CALLING to his position as a youth when he was anointed by Samuel. 1 Samuel 16:13. But calling is only the beginning; David wasn’t prepared yet to become King. In 1 Samuel chapter 17 David faces Goliath and the Philistines. Then in chapter 18 he becomes a great warrior, celebrated by the people. Then troubles begin as Saul attacks in chapter 19. David is led into his Season of Shadows while he becomes a fugitive running from the enemy. (See Psalm 142: 1-3.) During a season of shadow we are confused and experience emotional and sometimes physical pain. We don’t understand God’s plan and we question our faith.
To compare to today – we have no GPS to help direct us. We don’t see the bigger picture and we must rely and trust God to take us where He wants us. We need to learn that God knows the outcome as we go through our times of testing. David learned to wait for God’s direction. It was 20 or so years before THE FULFILLMENT when David was finally anointed as King. 2 Samuel 2:1.
We are each created with a special spiritual purpose and destiny. We will all have times of trouble, trauma and crisis – our Season of Shadows. Will we learn to trust God to guide and use us as He plans?
As I was choosing a different song I saw this title. This is perfect for this message!
When God Has Another Plan.
Verses for Today:
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Interestingly there was a message in tongues uttered near the beginning of the sermon. The interpretation was: “God is taking you where He wants you to be. Do not fear.” How fitting! Thank you, Lord.