This is also a year that will call upon leaders to rise up and lead, as they never have before. It is your time. This is often a time of war but also a time of victory and possession of the promises of God. Look at the life of David. Between the promise and anointing of God to be king and the actual acknowledgment of his kingship by the people he fought many battles.
There are five thoughts that I have from the life of David that are pertinent to this intense period we are now in.
The first point is: Don’t wait for God to bring you those who look good. God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Man looks upon the external, God upon the heart and the two are often completely dissimilar. David was so insignificant in his father’s eyes that he did not bring him in from the fields to meet with Samuel the prophet. Jesse thought David is far too young to be the one the prophet is looking for, he’s just a boy! Samuel thought each of Jesse’s sons could be the one due to their physical countenance but God rejected each of the seven that were presented to him. As in 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." The call of God isn’t based on our abilities but upon our heart attitude. We can have great attributes but fail to fulfill what God desires because our heart is not single towards Him. King Saul was the evidence of that.
When David was driven out of Saul’s presence due to Saul’s jealousy and envy, he ended up at the caves of Adullam (I Samuel 22:1). There those who were distressed, in debt and discontented rally around him. Wow, what a great group to assist the king of promise! (The discontented are not those who are emotionally wounded and resentful but those who are unhappy with the status quo.) These are the ones God has and will bring to you. These are the ones who will help you bring to completion the transition between the promise and its fulfillment. These men went on to become David’s mighty men. There were others who were later added along the way that had their own followers who would have looked very good to David when he was hunkered down in the caves.
But David did not wait for others. He mobilized those who came to him. As a leader don’t waste your time waiting for others. Look for the potential in those you have.
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