“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.” 1 Samuel 16:1bThe person that God was speaking to Samuel about was David. David the young shepherd boy, unbeknownst to him, would replace king Saul as king of Israel due to Saul’s disobedience to God.
Within the statement “I have provided Myself a king” was a promise of God to the people of Israel that they would be getting a new king very soon.
Before David became King, he went through many unpleasant situations. These situations were filled with stress and overwhelming discomfort as he fled from king Saul who sought to kill him.
Saul knew David would become king and was very jealous of him so he sought to destroy him; The only issue with Saul’s plan to kill David is that God said David would be king. Do you know what I’m getting at? If God said David was going to be king, then he would be king no matter what.
There is nothing that can deter God’s promises toward His children. And, what is so great is that all His promises toward His children are “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Those words from scripture are very comforting especially when we are experiencing stressful times.
Something to note about David, and very important for us to take as an example, is that his focus was fully on God. Before, during and after these stressful, life changing events he called on God, and God heard his cry.
As one reads through the story of David, one would easily think that there was no hope for him. But, when God promises a future and a hope, we must take His statement to heart and fully trust that He is going to follow through with His plan for us no matter what we are going through. (David eventually became king and was given the honor of leading the people of Israel.)
Brothers and sisters, do not lose hope as God our Father will get you through whatever you are going through in life. Simply place your full trust in Him and know that He will get you through it.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28