“And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.” 1 Samuel 18:14–16
It’s pretty bad when someone is angry and resentful toward you because you’re doing exactly what they’ve asked you to do, and that’s exactly what’s happening between Saul and David.
Saul has been rejected by God and told by Samuel that the kingdom has been taken from him and given to another who will do what God has told him to do. David has been anoint by God as king of Israel and as such it is his God given right to claim the throne Saul sits on. But David doesn’t claim the throne. Instead he serves Saul however Saul asks him to serve him. David’s decided that he’s not going to do anything to undermine Saul or take any steps to remove him from the throne. When God’s ready for him to reign as king God will open the way for that to happen. God will take Saul of the throne and David will be placed upon it without having to have done anything personally to harm him.
So Saul put David over his army and sent him out to fight and God was with him and the people rejoiced to be victorious over their enemies and sang and praised David, “Saul has killed his thousands and David his ten thousands.
When Saul heard this he was jealous of David and by the next day the distressing spirit had returned to him and was called David to come and play before him to soothe him. Twice that day Saul attempted to pin David to the wall with a war lance because of the jealousy brewing in his heart, but David escaped both times.
Saul decided after that that he’d send David away from him as commander of a company of soldiers and “David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.”
God’s not yet ready to take Saul off the throne and place David upon it but he is preparing David and the people of Israel for the day when David will he called to rule. David is learning how to be a leader of men in battle. David is growing in wisdom and he’s gaining honor with the people.
It may be that you sense that God’s calling you to a specific work or ministry for him, and there’s a part of you that wants to push ahead and take the place you know you’re called to. Remember David. God had called and anointed him to the position of King but still he wisely, faithfully, and actively served Saul waiting for the day God would make the throne available for him.
God rarely needs to use his people to clear the way before them to serve him. He has other means to raising us up. We don’t have to raise a hand or take any other steps against another. God will make the way clear in his own time and in the manner that best fulfills his purpose.
Lord, help me to be submitted to all of your plan. Help me to wisely serve you and your people in every situation in which you place me. Help me to remain patient while you make the way clear for me.