1 Samuel 23:1-13
“Shaping a heart in a clay pot”
One of the great benefits to reading the Bible and examining the lives of people like David is we gain perspective for our lives while looking at their lives. It is easier to see the work that God is doing has a purpose in shaping lives when we can see the whole event without the hindrance of time. In the 23 chapter of 1 Samuel David seeks the Lord concerning saving the city of Keilah who was being attack by the Philistines while he was on the run from King Saul of Israel. And though David and his mighty men saved the city, that same city was going to turn him and his men over to Saul. There seems to be at times in my mind a formula to success that says, “If I seek the Lord and obey His leading in my life then the events of my life will follow my expectations”. David experienced this very dilemma not just once but over and over as he sought the Lord and each time he did things did not turn out as he expected. I find in my life that these are the most difficult of circumstances to overcome. You see we know that we have heard from the Lord and that He is good and only has the best for us yet the circumstances and situations we are dealing with don’t seem to indicate this.
It is here in David’s life as a fugitive that we can gain insight into our own discouragement caused by this paradox. David was destined for the throne (God sent Samuel to tell him so) but if this was true why was he having to live in caves instead of the palace? Follow me on this one dear saints, you see even though David will finally be crowned King in 2nd Samuel his preparation to reign is already under progress during this 10-year stint as a fugitive! That makes this time the time of training and preparation for the throne. How much more so for you and I as our throne is not for the fleeting breath of time on this earth, no it is for eternity! Perhaps we should reevaluate the meaning of success to how freed slave Booker T. Washington so eloquently put it when he said, “I have learned that success is not to be measured by the position one has reached in life but rather by the obstacles you’ve overcome while trying to succeed!”
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!