David was Somebody Nobody Notice
After Saul became King of Israel, his change of attitude and actions became obvious to everyone around him. He was selfish, angry most of the time, hateful, and just plain mean. After a while, he began to lose touch with reality. This is what happens to people who think they know better than God does. Because of this attitude, he would not let himself be trained the way God was training David.
Not long after Saul’s reign began, Samuel caught him in 3 serious acts of disobedience (1 Samuel 13).
(1st offence) Saul was supposed to wait on Samuel to make a sacrifice to the Lord after many victories in battle. However, he got impatient waiting for Samuel and offered the sacrifice himself. This was a big “no no” with God. Only the appointed men of God, priests, were allowed to do this. Samuel showed up when Saul had finished.
(2nd offense) In 1 Samuel chapter 14, Saul made a stupid curse saying that no man could eat until he had taken vengeance on his enemy, but his son Johnathan was not there at the time, so he hadn’t heard his father say this. Johnathan had eaten some honey. Johnathan convinced the men who were with him to also eat, because they were losing their strength to fight. When Saul found out that Johnathan had eaten, he was going to kill him but the men rescued him.
(3rd offence) The Lord had spoken to Samuel and told him to tell King Saul to go attack Amalek and to utterly destroy all they had and do not spare anything or anyone, man, woman, infants, ox, sheep, camel, and donkey. However, here is what Saul actually did: He spared their King Agag. He kept the best sheep, oxen, fatlings, lambs, and all that was good. Everything worthless, they destroyed. This is where Samuel finally tells Saul the Lord has rejected him as King.
1 Samuel 15:24, 25 – After Samuel tells Saul that the Lord has rejected him, Saul wants Samuel to walk with him from their conference so the people won’t know he has been rejected as King. But, Samuel told Saul he would not return with him (1 Samuel 15:26-30). Saul begged him and Samuel relented so Saul wouldn’t be embarrassed, but after that Samuel was done and never saw Saul again until the day of Saul’s death.
Saul’s greatest concern was his image in front of the people of Israel. His repentance was not genuine. He never changed. He also had no fear of doing what was wrong in front of God’s face.
In Isaiah 65:24, God says, “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Do you know from the foundation of the earth God had you on His mind? God knew before, whom you were going to be born to; what you would do; and what He would do. Before Saul ever uttered one word, God knew what he was going to speak. Look how God revels that He already was prepared to replace Saul. 1 Samuel 16:1 – Then the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”This time, God chose a King, Saul had been chosen by the people.
1 Samuel 16:2 – But Samuel said, “How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.”
This probably sounds a lot like some of us when we’ve prayed and asked, and then God tells us to do something out of the ordinary. “But what if…?” We honestly think that God has not thought this whole situation through.
This is what He said to Samuel: “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ And you shall invite Jesse, and I will show you what you do; and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.”
If God were to tell us everything we wanted to know before anything happened, we wouldn’t need to use our faith. At times, God will just tell us to do something and that’s where our obedience and trust in Him comes into play. He may put a desire in your heart that might take weeks, or even years to come to pass. However, we are to go through each day, walking in faith, knowing God only wants what is best for us.
1 Samuel 16:4 – So Samuel did what the Lord said. Little did David know that while he was looking after his father’s sheep, that the God of heaven was about to completely change his life!
We must never forget that God is preparing people and things beforehand and behind the scenes, to get you, His child, to your destination.