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…”What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father,
that he is trying to take my life?” – 1 Samuel 20:1

The cost of being one of God’s anointed can be great. Those whom God has
anointed for service and influence in His Kingdom go through a special
preparation. David was anointed to be the next king over Israel. Shortly
after this, while still a young boy, he was brought into King Saul’s
service to play music in Saul’s court. While there, the opportunity to
stand up against Goliath elevated David for his next stage of development
as future king. As his popularity grew so did Saul’s jealousy. However,
even Saul’s jealousy was God’s instrument for molding and shaping David.

Saul finally decided he could no longer tolerate David’s success and
popularity among the people, so he tried to kill David. The confused young
shepherd boy spent many years hiding in wilderness caves before he was
able to see the hand of God in all of this. No doubt David thought that
when Samuel anointed him he would be conveniently raised up to be king
with all the accompanying benefits of kingship. Not so. God’s preparation
of David involved much persecution, disloyalty, and hardship. These were
the lessons necessary to be a godly king. God brought many tests in
David’s life, just as He did with Saul. David passed these tests. Saul did
not.

When God anoints us, it often is accompanied by some severe tests. These
tests are designed to prepare us for the calling God has on our life.
Should we fail these tests God cannot elevate us to the next level. For a
workplace believer, these tests often involve money, relationships, and
other issues of the heart.

What if God has chosen you for a specific purpose in His Kingdom? Are you
passing the tests He is bringing about in your life? These tests are
designed to bring about greater obedience. In most instances, it will
involve great adversity. The Bible tells us that the King of kings learned
obedience through the things that He suffered (see Heb. 5:8). If this is
true, why would it be any different for His children? Be aware of the
tests God may be bringing before you in order to prepare you for His
service. Os Hillman.

Grace to you,
Joel Ronald Joseph