If there are two words that stuck with me as I wrote this week’s sermon, it’s “Be faithful.” When we read our passage from yesterday, David was anointed as God’s choice of king over Israel. Some argued that he was somewhere between 10 and 15 years old when this happened. However, did you know how long it took before he became king? Twenty-two years. In fact, the rest of our study through the book of 1 Samuel will be chronicling most of these years
This wouldn’t be the first time that people in the Bible would need to wait to fulfill the purpose of their lives. Joseph was sold into slavery and reveal himself to his brothers for 24 years. When Moses killed the Egyptian hurting a fellow Israelite, he fled for 40 years before being sent to rescue Israel for their captivity.
In many cases, there is always a hardship before the blessing. Many people like to think that coming to God, believing in Him, and trusting in Him will cause all obstacles and all problems to be removed. If this was the case, when God anointed David, David would have assumed the throne immediately. All the people would rally around him and dispose of Saul, whom the Lord rejected. But that’s not how it works.
Instead, there are times when the going is going to be rough. And why is that? So we learn a valuable lesson: That God is faithful. That when we are struggling with something that is so far beyond us and our abilities, God will be there and God will come through. God made David a promise to become king, and it would take him through battles between him and Saul, with other nations, and even after Saul’s death, another claiming his throne, but in all cases, he would do one thing: he would wait for God to remove the king and place him on the throne.
So as a church, we have had time when so many families have been struggling with one issue or another. And right now, we may feel like we’re in the middle of a desert, all alone. But there are two things that will help us get where we need to go: our love for each other and our love for God.
And all we need to do is to be faithful. Be faithful to God. Be faithful to our church. Be faithful to our mission. If we continue to do what God has placed us here to do, if we continue to be faithful in the little things He is giving us right now, He will give us the opportunity to do greater things for Him and in His name, so this whole area can know that Jesus is Lord.