3. Anointed and Disappointed
Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the the LORD! – Psalm 27:14
Disappointment is one of the most frustrating things a Christian can face. In our fast-food, instant message, ATM lives, we expect things NOW, on our schedule and in keeping with our plans. God, however, is not a drive-thru worker or bank teller, nor is He Santa Claus. As my pastor has often said, God isn’t interested in our happiness, He is interested in our holiness.
Just because He has promised us good things and put certain desires in our hearts, it doesn’t mean that we will get those things tomorrow. We may not even get them next week, next month, or next year. Twenty-two years passed between the time David was anointed by Samuel to be king around age 15 to when he finally became king of both Israel and Judah at age 37.
But David did not give up or try to make it happen on his own. He knew God’s Word was good, and that he needed to wait on God’s timing. He had no trouble continuing as he had been because he believed in what God said was coming.
Priscilla takes us through David’s life between his anointing and his ascension to the throne. In I Samuel 16:11 we find David keeping the sheep for his father, Jesse. In I Samuel 16:13, Samuel anoints him as God’s chosen king over Israel. Did this make David all uppity? Did he try to act “kingly” and “lord” it over his brothers? Did he refuse to go back to his position as shepherd, the position of a servant?
In I Samuel 16:19, David is still tending the sheep. Not only that, but Saul – the person he has been anointed to replace, the person who is ruling his (David’s) kingdom – wants David to become his armor bearer. And he does. The rightful king becomes a servant of the man who sits on his throne. Priscilla says:
Instead of promotion to the position of king, David submitted to serving the one already in that position. Fully aware that God’s Spirit was with him to lead God’s chosen people, David served in full submission as a mere armor bearer to the king. The first step after being anointed was to serve. Often servanthood and submission mark the truest test of the anointed person.
Sometimes our pride or arrogance will make us think that a position of service is beneath us. But in Mark 22:26-27, Jesus tells us differently:
But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
If our lives are to reflect the life of Christ, we need to be willing to wait and serve.