“And Samuel said unto Jesse, ‘Are all thy children here?’ And he said, ‘There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keeps the sheep.’ Samuel said unto Jesse, ‘Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down till he come hither.’ And he went and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him, for this is he.’” — I Samuel 16:11-12
“And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah….” —2 Samuel 2:4
“So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and King David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord and they anointed David king over Israel.” — 2 Samuel 5:3
David transcended from being a shepherd boy rejected and hated by Saul and running for his life while carrying a promise, a dream and a prophecy of being a king.
As God preserved King David through his transition and process, he shall do the same for you. David learned many lessons, fought many battles and finally reached the pinnacle of the promise — he became ready to be king.
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:8, “Better is the ending of a thing than the beginning thereof and the patience in spirit better than the proud in spirit.”
I don’t know the stage of promise you are in, whether you are just beginning to hear God’s voice concerning your promise. You may be a little perplexed as how the promise will come to pass. Then, you may be solid with knowing your promise and now are processing and conditioning yourself both physically and spiritually toward your promise. Understanding to whom much is given, much is required.
Whatever stage you are in, hold fast to the word of God. Your view of the promise may alter at times and you may wonder if it was really meant to be. The process of your promises may be filled with many tears, but remember Psalm 126:5-6: “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
You must understand that with God, all things are possible. Your perspective of the promise of God will determine your perspective of life.
Once you receive the promise, you must believe it, speak it, meditate on it and accept it. You must be obedient to God’s word, doing what is pleasing in His sight.
Harper is the pastor of Emmanuel New Covenant Ministry and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.