Remember the former things long past, for I am God and there is no other; and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning, from ancient times which have not been done, saying my purpose will be established. Isaiah 46:10
August 2013 my life dramatically changed. My mother was in a near fatal car accident. Weeks after her accident my father had told me he was diagnosed with cancer. Several weeks after that my mom mentioned that while she was in the trauma center they did a full body scan on her and they found something suspicious in her kidney. Within weeks she was diagnosed with cancer. By November 2013 both of my parents were consider cancer free. However the storm was not over. Within a couple of months my grandmother would die. Several months later my mother would be diagnosed with cancer for a second time. And one month after that my grandfather would pass away. During this time I lost everything because of my emotional duress only capable of working part-time and barely making it financially. In June 2014 the Lord gave me an amazing job and I thought perhaps my life is going to get back on track! January 2015 rolls around and I go on my usual Daniel fast and within six days my whole department was laid off! I was completely stunned because I finally thought that the emotional storm was over and God would give my life back to me and it would be time to focus on me. During this time while I was at my new position I managed to get my own place again and got a lovely condo that I’ve been looking at for years and I was renting more than I’ve ever paid in my life!! I cannot believe I just lost my job and I going to lose everything again!? What were the lessons I was supposed to learn in these two years? How was I supposed to grow through this?
Let’s take the a look at the life of David. The word says that he was born out of iniquity. Does that mean that he was not his father’s child. We can see in scripture that he was definitely treated differently than his brothers. His father sent him out in the field to be a shepherd while his brothers were warriors. Once Saul had been rejected as king, The Lord instructed Samual to go to the house of Jesse which was David’s father. There was he was to anoint a new king. Samuel asked Jessie to bring all of his sons to him, we know in scripture that he didn’t go get David. God rejected all of Jesse’s sons, Samuel said there’s another son and bring him to me. That is when God anointed David as the new king.
While David was still in the fields there was a Philistine name Goliath.
He threatened to kill everyone, even Saul and his army was terrified of him. Sometimes David would bring his brothers bread and cheese when they were out in battle and his brothers dismissed him and told him to go back to the fields. While David was out in the field he protected his flock from a bear and from a lion that he killed with his bare hands. So when David heard about this Goliath he said that he would go find him. He said lord I have fought a bear and I have fought a lion I can surely fight this philistine.
So David went out and he approached Goliath. We know that Goliath was somewhere around 9 feet tall and the Bible even tells us how much his armor weighed. He was certainly a force to be reckoned with. He was taunted By Goliath and told David that he would feed his carcass to the birds. David said you come at me with spear and sword, but I come at you in the name of the Lord!!
While David was in the field he developed his skill as a shooter. It is said that people that used slingshots back in the day could shoot birds out of the air — they were as skilled as a sniper. David came to a battle with a slingshot. If he could take a bird out of the air, he could hit a man between his eyes. That’s all it took was a smooth stone in a slingshot. The Bible says that David took five smooth stones to his battle, five being the number in biblical numerology which represents God’s grace — God’s power to do things his way.
We know that David did slay Goliath, Saul eventually gave up the throne, David survived years running for his life because Saul was jealous of him and wanted to kill him. He slayed a bear and a lion, which was practice that led him and gave him courage to slay a giant that most men were afraid of. Ultimately he became a man after God’s own heart and he became king.
David went through a lot of trials and he had no idea he would be anointed king, however God knew the end from the beginning. God never told him that he would be king and how every trial and every circumstance that he went through would lead up to that. It was years and it was step-by-step of faith.
So what does this have to do with me losing my job and having my parents that are ill or losing grandparents.
They are steps and learning lessons along the way that will eventually get me to where I’m supposed to be and that is the plan and the purpose that God has for me. I will gain from my positive and my negative circumstances and I will be fully equipped to be the woman that he’s called me to be. I will not despise small beginnings.
How does your life correlate to David’s? Can you identify with his trials and his tribulations? Did your life get off to a bad start? Do you feel like you don’t have a purpose?
There is a reason why David’s life made God’s history. We look at a man that not only had a bad start in life, and he was not always A man of integrity, he was not perfect. He was considered a man after God’s own heart, he believed in God and trusting God and most importantly he learned the lessons and they were a benefit to his future.
Please don’t despise the trials that you have been walking through. You need to know what enemies are in your life and slay them. What are your bears, lions and your giants? Ask God what you need to learn and grow through them. They are equipping you for your future. God has an amazing plan for your life and it’s bigger than you’ve ever dreamed ! If you are in the beginning of a trial, God knows the ending.