A Second Glance
“When Saul saw David going out against the Philistine, he said, to Abner, the commander of the army, ‘Abner, whose son is this youth?’” (1 Samuel 17.55).
It is interesting that Saul did not recognize David. Just a few verses previously, Saul had tried to put his armor on David. When David killed Goliath and started going out after the Philistines, Saul had no clue who the young man was. Maybe David was too far in the distance, so Saul couldn’t see him clearly. No, because Saul’s military leader, Abner, went and fetched David, bringing him face to face with his master. And still King Saul asked, “Whose son are you, young man?” David had played the harp for King Saul many nights and even became his armorbearer (1 Samuel 16.21-22); yet when King Saul witnessed David fighting in war, he did not know him. He couldn’t perceive the anointing of God in David’s life. This is exactly what happens when people finally step into their anointing. God’s power and authority will be so great in them that the family and friends who know them intimately will not recognize them. We do not want to live our lives in our own strength; we want to live in God’s supernatural strength. People will have trouble connecting who we are with God’s movement in our lives because they will no longer see us; rather, they will see God’s glory being displayed in us. We must learn to stay patient in God’s timing. At just the right time, when we are completely submitted to God’s will, He will unleash us into the purpose for which we were born. And the people around us will have to take a second glance, because the are now perceiving God’s glory.
“When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. ‘We had no idea he was this good!’ they said. ‘How did he get so wise, get such ability?’ But in the next breath they were cutting him down: ‘We’ve known him since he was a kid; he’s the carpenter’s son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas. All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?’ They got their noses all out of joint” (Matthew 13.53-57 MSG).