Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 18

Key Verse: So David escaped and went to Ramah to see Samuel, and he told him all that Saul had done to him. Then Samuel took David with him to live at Naioth. 1 Samuel 19:18

David becomes king of Israel after a considerable delay, and with a great deal of adversity. That is what 1 Samuel 16:1–2 Samuel 5:5 is all about. This period of David’s life can be summed up by two words: “time” and “trouble.”

David went from a Shepard boy to playing music for the king, to killing the giant and becoming a national hero. It seemed everything was going in the right direction until Saul became jealous and started trying to kill him.

Saul seeks to be rid of David by having him killed in battle He appoints him commander of a thousand (18:13). Saul’s jealousy becomes public. He gives orders to Jonathan and all his servants that David is to be put to death (19:1)

Jonathan speaks up for David and temporary calm the situation until 8 verse later when Saul attempts to pin David to the wall with his spear (19:8-10). Then Saul sends men to arrest David in his own home.

From this point on, David flee and become a fugitive. David has a number of close calls, but God always delivers him from the hand of Saul. During these times, David twice puts himself at risk by attempting to reconcile with Saul. In spite of momentary repentance, Saul persists in pursuing David as an enemy.

After nearly 15 years of waiting, most spent fleeing from Saul, until finally in the first five verses of 2 Samuel 5, David is anointed king of all Israel.

The delay in David becoming Israel’s king is not unusual, but it is typical of the way God brings about His promises and purposes. If you’re waiting on God, it can be hard and difficult, but one thing is for sure, God will keep His promises. David waited over 20 years of his life to be made king. Maybe you’ve been waiting longer; don’t give up, keep trusting, God will not let you down.

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