In the middle of last week, my Bible study had me finishing up 1 Samuel. I was reading about when David found himself serving King Achish of the Philistines, and about to enter into a battle against King Saul and against the Israelites. He was calling King Achish his lord and king. David had spent years leading the Israelites into victory in the Lord’s name. But now he was about to fight against them? Well, his former victories got him recognized by the Philistine commanders. They remembered this guy who had killed their Goliath and led the Israelites to so many other victories. When King Achish told him the news that other army members recognized David, feared him, and wanted him to leave, David replied,
But Achish insisted, “As far as I’m concerned, you’re as perfect as an angel of God. But the Philistine commanders are afraid to have you with them in the battle. Now get up early in the morning, and leave with your men as soon as it gets light.”
So David and his men headed back into the land of the Philistines, while the Philistine army went on to Jezreel. “
Chapter 29 was titled “The Philistines Reject David”.
The Philistine army members recognized David, feared him, and rejected him. He didn’t want to leave. He wanted to fight. He wanted to be loyal to this earthly king he found himself serving, but God allowed the Philistines to remember him and reject him. I wonder, if God hadn’t allowed David to be rejected, what would have happened next? How long would he have fought? Would he be killed? Would he truly begin to kill the Israelites? Would he have a 3rd chance to take King Saul’s life? Would he do it?
However, God did not allow it. He allowed David’s rejection. David left the battle field. He was a mighty warrior who God had led to kill thousands, but he was rejected at this fight.
*Another interesting thing I've noticed is that David's faithfulness to the Lord in the past is actually led to him being recognized and rejected in the future. His past faithfulness saved him from making a huge mistake of fighting against the Lord's chosen people.
Geof and I were rejected again the other day...
How quickly I forgot the lesson God was teaching me the week before!
Our Loving Father either ordains or allows rejection for a purpose!
"The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This it is the Lord's doing , and it is wonderful to see." Psalm 118:22-23
You see that? Rejection was the LORD'S doing, and it is wonderful to see! How often do I rejoice in the Lord's work of rejection?
Geof and I are trying to trust in the Lord’s purpose. Just as our first visa appointment in Kenya was a rejection and a delay last year. We trusted that the Lord had a purpose. Then this rejection happened and I was immediately disappointed and in tears. But I am so grateful the Lord has had me reading through 1 Samuel, and he aligned the lesson of David’s rejection just a few days before our rejection.
I praise God that He is faithful to use His Word to teach us and share with us. Geof and I know the Lord has a purpose. He is sovereign. May we continue to remember and not be so quick to forget to search for joy in the rejection.
we may encourage the boys on the streets. We pray that the street boys of
Uganda can learn to trust in the Lord's sovereignty as they experience rejection in their own lives.
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