God-Driven Campaign Trail
1 Samuel 18:28-30
Verse 30 The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known.
David now has his bride and is officially a member of the royal family but it didn’t hold any positive results for his relationship with the king. Their relationship had gone from, “Who is this kid” to “I can’t stand this man!” Saul was likely feeling a double betrayal, David now had the Spirit of the Lord which had departed from the king and the love of his daughter.
With how the Spirit came upon people and later left them, Saul may have had hopes of Him coming upon him again until it came to David being blessed by the Spirit and never leaving. The king couldn’t deny that the Lord was blessing David in everything he did as well as making him more and more influential to all the people of the kingdom. Not only that David was becoming more and more successful in battle meaning that David’s name was growing more and more famous among surrounding nations.
The betrayal of his daughter’s love was just proof that David’s popularity among Saul’s own family wasn’t limited to his first born son. He was losing his following from his people, the nations around only feared his army because of David and his family was drawn to David as well, this would be very hard for one man to take, let alone a man who is already dealing with a depressive spirit.
For David, the building celebrity status may have taken some getting used to. He was used to being in the fields with sheep and maybe a few other shepherds but he now had more attention than he could have dreamed up. When the prophet Samuel came to anoint one of Jesse’s sons David missed the majority of the event until the most important moment. Up to that time David could never have guessed that he would be in his current position.
The young shepherd saw killing the giant as a way to stand for God, while God was using it as a way to bring His anointed one into the public light to prepare the people as well as David for the reign that God was going to use to build His kingdom. God had chosen a man after His own heart and He was introducing him to the world.
Making It Personal
What has God called you to do? How has He prepared you for this task throughout your life? Do you find joy in doing what He has called you to do or be?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think that God could be wanting you to do or be someday? How could things you are learning now be getting you ready to do what He wants you to? Do you want to live for Jesus every day?
Father, thank You for allowing us to be a part of Your story. Give us hearts that readily surrender to whatever You are doing in our lives so that we can live in ways that bring You great glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.