2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
I Samuel 22:2 KJV
Is your back against the wall or do you know someone in that condition? So were the characters in today’s focus scripture.
Who is this man that the scripture says became the captain over those who were in distress, in debt and discontented (3D’s)? The answer is King David.
Prophet Samuel had been commanded by God, to go to the home of a man called Jesse the Bethlehemite “For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” God said. (I Samuel 16).
The prophet was neither given the name of the son who was to be anointed king nor was it given to the father. Jesse is believed to have had eight sons, David included. The first thing the prophet asked Jesse, was in proforma, to consecrate all his sons who were now all candidates for kingship. Jesse conformed, except he made one critical error, “David” who was to be king by divine destiny, never made it on Jesse’s list or the prophet’s. It is bad enough when one’s parents fail to discern his or her: value/potential/destiny, but when the prophets who represent God fall in concert, then the person has nowhere to turn. Your family can’t see the king in you and so does the church, what do you do? Be like David, without the parental and mentor support, David had learned early in his life to scourge himself in God. (I Samuel 30:6)
Getting back to the king selection task, without Given perimeters, the prophet took the liberty to use his own judgment to pick Israel’s next king. Predictably he picked – Eliab – one who he seemed to have all his “ducks in a row” so to speak. One who was good looking, outgoing, with a convincing tongue and a posture to demand attention. Sadly, this is what God had to say to Samuel, about his choice of a king: “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (I Samuel 16:7)
Man who judges by outside appearance may have misread you, misjudged you, underestimated you, misunderstood you, but you just about to be crowned king nevertheless because when God says yes, no one can say no. Don’t waste your time trying to please men, it is simply impossible. Choose to please one who matters the most, God. David was never on Samuel’s and Jesse’s list but he was for sure on God’s list. For the sake of time, against all odds, David was anointed Israel’s next king.
The moment David became anointed, Saul who was then king vowed to kill him. Now David is not only dealing with rejection, but he is fighting for his very survival. He became a fugitive without a cause of his own. No matter what you are dealing with, I have good news for you. It is because you destined to become a king. That addiction, that financial problem, that divorce, that family dysfunction, sees a king in you and wants to kill the king spirit in you. Be like David, he took refuge in the land of Judah (land of praise). Learn to praise God even when you don’t feel like it. Find a reason to praise Him. Praise Him for a co-worker who got promoted over you, praise Him for the job applicant whose application was considered and yours rejected. Praise Him for the air you are breathing. God dwells in the praise of His people (Psalms 22.3).
Another thing that David did, was to get himself a sword (I Samuel 22:10). He refused to let his enemies overpower his “fighter spirit” even when he was outnumbered and out powered.
Why did the 3D’s come to David? They correctly say “Birds of the same feather flock together”. This is a sure way to maintain mediocrity/status quo. To tip the balance, you need to flip the coin. If you want to get married begin to hang out with married people not the singles. If you want to kick a drug habit, find someone who never had that drug problem or overcame the problem and have them lay hands on you and pray for you.
These 3D’s were smarter than what they may on the surface be credited for. They had given up their will to fight, they had accepted their lot, life had dealt them a bad hand, they were considered good for nothing. When they met David, the warrior spirit rose up in them. David had faced similar or even worse problems but he had refused to give up. He got himself a sword, but what a sword to stand against Saul’s Army, the best of the best at them time. If you get yourself a sword of God’s word, you will prove every statistic to be wrong, defy every prediction and stand to educate the naysayers about who you really are.
Shake off every label placed on you by yourself or other people. You are one of a kind. There is a king in you. No one in the whole world has your finger prints, your talents, your abilities. You are not a copy, you are the original. The scriptures say that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14).
You may have failed, so what? Failure is an event not a person. Who hasn’t failed? What makes a winner is the willingness to get up one more time.
To conclude, you become whom you hang up with. Proverbs 13:20 states “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
To effect change in your life, the first thing is to change your association. Those who are not building you up are pulling you down. Look to those who are where you want to be not where you are.
By the way, those 3D’s that came to David, ended up becoming his captains in the host. I Chronicles 12:21 states “And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.”.
What a good transformation, from being in debt, in destress and discontented to being captains. You are next in line to be transformed.
May God make you a king and a captain is my prayer for you today.
To receive Jesus in your heart, and get born again say this prayer:
Dear Jesus, come into my heart. I accept you today as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me of all my sins. I turn away from them and repent. I will now serve you, the rest of my life. In Jesus’s name, I pray.
God bless you.
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