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March 27, 2014

Human perception is foolish.  We see roadblocks when truly the LORD sees we are still fervently walking along His chosen path.

From the beginning, God set his people apart, and warned them that no king will reign as God reigns over them.  Samuel asked for guidance, and the LORD responded, “they don’t want me to be their king any longer” (1 Samuel 8:7).  The LORD then looked down on his people “in mercy and heard their cry” (1 Samuel 9: 16).  Samuel warned the Israelites and offered them Saul, to whom it was said, “you and your family are the focus of all Israel’s hopes” (1 Samuel 9: 20).

Having read through 1 & 2 Samuel today, I find myself baffled by the relationship of God’s first two anointed kings.  At one point, Saul referred to David like a son, as it was David who played the harp whenever “the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul” (1 Samuel 16:23).  It was also David who bravely defeated the Philistine giant that Israel’s army feared.  However, in fear of losing his power and his life, Saul hunted David for several years.  Even then, David was a man after God’s own heart, and kept his oath to never kill the anointed king.  When Saul fell upon his own sword, David led his people and mourned over the loss.

David was anointed through Samuel as a young boy– the youngest son of Jesse, the last to be presented before the prophet as an eligible future king.  He was crowned king of all Israel at 30 years old (2 Samuel 5:4).  During the period between his anointing and reign, David’s army defeated several of the Lord’s enemies.  However, David was called a visitor to many regions, for he fled from the hand of Saul.

Imagine being anointed a king of Israel, leaving Israel, hiding in the wilderness from the current anointed king of Israel, and finally returning and capturing Jerusalem for the God of Israel.

All the while, even the Philistine king said David had been a trustworthy ally,” without flaw, “as perfect as an angel of God”  (1 Samuel 29: 6-10).

The past seven days have been filled with confusion–in my mind and body.  I found myself perhaps struggling with the tormenting spirit that God had given Saul.  However, today was a day of anticipation.  And as it approached, I found myself fully believing God’s presence in my life, but confessing, “Ye of little faith, how dare ye not trust in the LORD’s provisions.”

At that moment, I wept, as did many before me when faced with our own sins.

I began worshiping the LORD, singing of His light and steadfast love, that His was the strength that endures.  I called upon the LORD and he responded with a miraculous sign: A flashing green light.  Joyfully, I began to rationalize the sign’s meaning.  The LORD is  my light that leads me through darkness.  When a red light flashes, we stop for a shorter break than a solid red light.  Therefore, what is it’s contrast?  Rather than sprinting towards God’s promise, shall I be wise in maintaining endurance until my dying breath?  Time and time again, we read in Scripture that a man foolishly made an oath that caused troops to faintly approach battle, or otherwise, led to another man’s sin.  For instance, we read that Saul made a foolish oath causing his own son to sin before the LORD (1 Samuel 14: 1-46).  Perhaps, instead of offering God our restless bodies, we are to fortify the breath He has offered us and deliver to Him rightfully what is already His.

It is in the spirit, that I boldly recognize, that no letter of denial can hinder my trust in the Lord’s promises.  For a man may stray from keeping an oath, but “he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!” (1 Samuel 15: 29).

It was in my approach that I wept, but in reviewing the letter, I found myself already praising God for what will come of it.  For the process, all I can do is trust in the LORD, knowing that He is my Great Teacher, my Provider, and that His presence will not hinder, for in chasing after God, He promises, ” I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13: 5).

I have a green light.  I have not been stopped.  I will continue forward, accepting the commands God spoketh unto me.

My prayer tonight:  I pray this is a journey.  May I not rely on the comforts of my present temporary state to withstand the next season of preparation.  Rather may I pursue God boldly in radically living to serve Him.  May I recognize His voice and follow His directions.

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