Read: 1 Samuel 16:1
Before we read David’s story, we read what God saw! In 1 Samuel 16, the Lord sends the prophet Samuel to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse because, He says in verse 1, “… for I have seen among his sons for Myself a king.” [YLT] Long before David became king, God saw a king in him. He saw a king for His kingdom. God wants to reign over His people. But He works through people. Therefore, He chose a king through whom He could govern (acc. 1 Chronicles 28:5). No-one and nothing can hinder or undo what God has decided. (acc. 1 Samuel 23:17 and Isaiah 46:9-11).
For God, it’s about calling, relationship, and identity. The word ‘seen’ is translated in other translations as ‘provided’. “For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” (1 Samuel 16:9 NKJV). It relates to calling. “For Myself’’ indicates relationship and ‘king’ indicates identity. More about this later (Day 36 – 40).
Samuel must have told David more than once what God said to him that day. In those difficult years after David was anointed, the assurance of his relationship with God, his identity, and his calling kept him strong.
David didn’t become king because he killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17) or because he led Israel into battle (2 Samuel 5:1-2). Other soldiers also killed giants (2 Samuel 21:15-22 and 1 Chronicles 20:4-8). For example, Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother, Lahmi (1 Chronicles 20:5). David became king because God decided that he should. God, not people or circumstances, determined David’s fate. That’s the truth. And it still applies to all God’s children today!
Think, chat, pray, and listen:
- Think about your relationship with God. Describe it.
- Think about your identity in Christ. Do you know who you really are?
- Think about your calling. Why did God create you? Why are you alive? What does He want you to do? (Ephesians 2:10)?
Understanding your identity, relationship with God, and calling is very important, especially in difficult times.
† Speak to the Lord about your relationship with Him.
† Speak to Him about your new identity in Christ.
† Pray about your calling. Ask the Lord what His plan is for your life. Listen carefully and write it down! A pen and paper ‘remember’ much better than we do on our own.