"And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent. And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite. " ~ 1 Samuel 17:54-58
Goliath the giant has just been killed because as we all know, giants were made to be killed right?
Actually, David had brought some supplies to his brothers who had become increasingly famished while being cursed at by this giant. (Being cursed at by a giant can take a lot out of a fella)
David is enraged and demands the opportunity to kill this giant and the King Saul who has shaken so hard in fear of the giant, has actually shaken his armor off. He offers it to David who ignores the offer, and chooses five stones from a creek bed and rocks the giant to sleep!
As soon as the king hears of David, he tries to discourage him. If you want to do something for God because of a God placed opportunity and desire, rest assured that there will be people who will try to discourage you.
"And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house." ~ 1 Samuel 18:2
And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands." ~ 1 Samuel 18:5-7
Then add to the new housing, a new job, and with the new job, a few songs written in your honor and I think that David must have thought that God was allowing this for his future role as king. It would seem as if all the doors were opening for David right?
Based upon what you and I know of the story up to this point, lets ask a few questions.
While it was true that God indeed was allowing this change of events for David's preparation for the throne it would not be in the way that David may have thought it would be.
You see Saul was in a battle of rebellion with God at the moment, and he began to take it out on the new guy.
"And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?" ~ 1 Samuel 18:8
While it is true that you should never throw stones in a glass house, there really is no written code of conduct for throwing spears in a castle.
"And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him." ~ 1 Samuel 18:9-15
"And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter loved him. And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually. Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by." ~ 1 Samuel 18:28-30
David is hiding statues in his bed!
Climbing out widows, and sneaking around alleyways at night!
Dodging pointy spear shaped flying projectiles by day!
Hiding in caves and meeting people in fields by way of Arrows, the really old fashioned text messaging!
Being hunted like an animal, and gathering an army of beggars and wanted men who coincidentally happened to smell like animals!
This was far from the practical training for up and coming royalty... or was it?
Have you ever found yourself on a roller coaster of activity that was one loop too many? Did you ever want to just ask, "God, what does this circumstance I am in have to do with what you made me to accomplish in my life?"
If so, then I can promise you that this Saturday's conclusion to "Living in The Land of Limbo" is going to be a timely blessing! I cannot wait to show you what David learned that allowed Him to thrive as the next in line as royalty!