Growing into our anointing

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, November 22, 2019


David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 2 Samuel 5:4

Scholars estimated that David was between 10 years or 15 years old when Samuel anointed his head with oil to commission him as the next King of Israel. David was so young that his father did not even think of presenting him to Samuel as a viable candidate to be commissioned as King. Instead, he stayed in the field with the sheep because that was the task assigned to the youngest and weaker son in those days.

Approximately 15 to 20 years elapsed between the time of his commissioning and the time he actually became King. During those years, he was celebrated as a giant slayer, reviled as a traitor by King Saul, spent years living in exile like a bandit, and served in the Philistine army. It was during those years that he wrote some of his best Psalms.

It was during the time between David’s commission and his appointment as King that David learned the necessary skill to lead the nation of Israel as King. All the trials, challenges, difficulties, rejections, or persecutions he experienced helped him to become a stronger and wiser king. David would not have known how to lead the army of Israel if he did not learn to lead a small group of people who were in distress or debt or discontented while leaving in exile in the desert.

What lessons can we learn from David’s experiences between the time of his commissioning and his coronation as King? First, the delay in our blessing is a time of preparation and not dejection. We should not be frustrated when our gifts and abilities far exceed our position. For example, do not be bitter if you are more skilled than your supervisor, and your promotion is delayed. Expect setbacks while you are waiting for God to elevate you.

Second, do not be in a hurry to get to your destination. More often than not, the blessing is in the journey. It is in the journey we learn to trust God and depend on his sovereign grace. Our journey experience teaches us humility, perseverance, patience, and endurance. We have to allow ourselves enough time to grow into our anointing. Can you imagine if David became King as soon as Samuel anointed his head with oil (10 or 15 years old)? He would have a lot more devastating blunders than he did when he was an adult.

Third, learn to appreciate the time it is taking for God to prepare you to walk into your destiny more effectively. David was often frustrated with God as he lamented his circumstances while running away from King Saul. On many occasions, he wondered aloud why God allowed his enemies to harass him. However, when he became King, he was able to say, “I was young, and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).

Are you frustrated because you feel your current position is beneath your preparation and skills? Perhaps your marriage is struggling because you think that your spouse is not good enough for you as the passion in your marriage begins to fizzle out. Maybe you are discouraged because many people in your social circle are getting elevated in life, and you seem to be stuck.

The last lesson we can learn from David is that of patience. David waited patiently for 20 years to become King. The word patience, as used in the New Testament comes from the Greek “hupomone,” which never means simply the ability to sit down and bear things but the ability to rise up and conquer them.

David did not sit down and wait for the royal crown to be placed on his head. During those 20 years of waiting, he rose up and conquered adversities, and defeated enemies on the battlefield. David knew he was destined to become King. As he waited patiently for his blessing to be materialized, he cultivated the skills he would need to become a feared warrior-king.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, when we get discouraged because our blessing is delayed, remind us of your faithfulness so we can trust you and wait on you patiently.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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