Pregnant with Destiny
“Therefore return now, and go in peace, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines” (1 Samuel 29.7 NKJV).
God gave David a very precious and profound promise: David would be king over Israel. However, this promise seemed to take forever to come to pass. God put David in the flames of persecution from King Saul in order to purify David’s leadership, life and heart before he became king. David learned to be a king after God’s own heart while hiding in caves with the weight of his growing military on his shoulders. Before David became king–at the climax of King Saul’s demise–David forged a loose union with Israel’s enemy, the Philistines. David’s heart was so full of destiny, but he had no place to claim it. Therefore, he willingly went after any fake substitute that came close to quenching his need to serve his purpose. Luckily, though, he was rejected; and David found himself void of a platform for his kingship even though he had all the wisdom, people and resources necessary to successfully achieve it. Many times, when our purpose-fulfillment comes close, the Enemy sends us fake substitutes to divert our attention from God’s amazing plan for our lives. God knows our hearts and understands that we are yearning for purpose, so he lovingly allows us to be rejected by the adulterers to our destiny. Don’t be dismayed by rejection; instead, rejoice because God is protecting our paths and shepherding our patience.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29.11 ESV).