I started the day off yesterday like most days, with Bible reading and prayer. I ran across some words that made me laugh out loud.
It was really one of those, "No KIDDING" moments. And, it was tucked into the paragraph in such a way that if you didn't really pay attention you would miss it.
So David went on and became great, and the LORD God of Hosts was with him."
2 Samuel 5:10 NKJV
It falls in the context of the beginning of David's kingship over Israel and Judah. There were enemies to put down, people to convince, favors to be granted, and promises to be kept. If you know anything at all about Bible history, you know that King David - shepherd boy turned leader - is one of the central characters of Scripture. It is the epitome of understatement to say, "and he went on and became great."
But, we have to remember that David didn't know the end of his story. He was living it every single day - with an anointing - but years of waiting to see the promise of his early adulthood come to pass. And from the day the Prophet Samuel came to the family (the ORIGINAL Cinderella story I believe!) until the day he stood as king over all of the nation of Israel, was speculated to have been 15 years!
Before that fateful day when Samuel showed up, he was just an ordinary shepherd living out his every day life of responsibilities. And, he went right back to sheep-keeping when Samuel left. He ran errands for his dad and brothers just like always. Then he began to take opportunities when they showed up. He was a YES man, when it came to moving forward in his life.
There David was, running food and supplies to his brothers at the front lines. He hears about a giant tempting and terrorizing the troops. He steps up and says, "I can handle this. With God on my side I can do anything!"
Here he is thrust into the spotlight. He gains national attention and begins to serve King Saul. You would think that would be a great honor, but, well - Saul was tormented, jealous and spiteful. For the next 15 years he chased David with spears and armies, until David ran off into the wilderness in hiding, simply to save his own life.
The people loved David. They shouted for him! Cheered for him! Honored him! You'd think that would be the definition of "great". No taxes. A beautiful wife (or two). Favor with the people. Favor with God. An army at your demand. But, no. It wasn't until David stepped into the role he had been birthed for that he "went on and became great."
I'm guessing you could list out a pretty nice resume' of accomplishments. Although, we typically have an easier time of listing out our failures - if you spent the time and honestly cataloged your skills, gifts and talents, they would probably be pretty impressive.
You've killed your share of giants, and lions and bears. You've spent time serving some pretty impressive people. You've got friends who support you (even if your family doesn't get you). And, in every sense of the word you are living out your days one-by-one as they come to you.
And you know what, that's okay. It's perfectly fine. It's the way most people live.
But what about YOUR anointing? What about YOUR mission and vision? What about THE THING you were created to do and accomplish? Isn't it time for you to "go ahead and be great"?
The Silver Lining
An important part of the context of 2 Samuel is the last half of the verse: "and the LORD God of Hosts was with him."
There were a few other places where that particular phrase and name of God was mentioned, so I did a bit of checking. Maybe this will interest you, too.
The Hebrew words are "Jehovah Sabaoth" - not to be confused with Sabbath.
It indicates God as the Commander of earthly armies, spiritual armies and heavenly (as in sun, moon, stars, etc.) armies. (Did you ever think of the earth as a weapon of warfare?) I want to suggest that when the Bible says, "if God be for us, who then can be against us", it carries more weight than you might have thought.
You aren't on your own. Consider the times the sun stood still, or hailstones rained down to destroy enemies, or there was the sound of armies in the mulberry trees. When you are called to a position, mission, vision or purpose, you have a support system already in place.
It may feel like you've waited forever for things to turn your way. It may also appear that everything is against you. But, I want you to be encouraged today. I Jehovah Sabaoth is Commander, there is nothing you need that He can't get to you for the fulfillment of your passion and purpose. There is nothing you need to know that you can't learn. There's no skill you need to develop which you can't master. There are no people who need to endorse or support you who won't show up. There are no enemies fighting against you that won't be defeated.
There are opportunities in front of you. Say YES. They may look like giants but they are a setup for victory. #ReIgniteYourDreams
You may feel harassed and pressured on all sides by the enemies of your dreams and goals. It's really an opportunity to get into position.
It is YOUR time.
Go on. Be Great.
Live at your best! Live inspired!