Not long after I had written in my “Dear God” journal, “1 Samuel 18“ came to mind:
In this chapter, we begin to witness Saul’s perception of loosing the royal authority that had been attributed to him by Samuel the Prophet, over being the first man-king over the People of Israel. Saul was both witnessing and experiencing the slow departure of God’s Spirit from his presence and instead being manifested upon another person, David. Saul also witnessed the love of the people increase towards David, especially after his return with military victories. Such things worked themselves as fuel for the anger that was raging within the heart of Saul; to the point that Saul tried to kill David on more than one occasion.
Saul grew in fear towards David, for he knew that God was with David and no longer with him. He feared the loss of his authority as King, the military victories, and both love and reverence of the People of Israel. More importantly, he feared the loss of God’s Spirit within him; he was tormented more and more as time went by. No longer was the anointed music and song played by David soothing his soul. In fact, the presence of David infuriated him even more.
Nonetheless, Saul devised schemes by which David should loose his life; mostly in battle at the hands of others. However, time and time again, David lived, returned with military victories, and the people loved and revered him even more. For the Spirit of God was with Him.
Reflection. I think that God calls many people to fulfill certain roles on His behalf, as His representatives. However, as time comes to an end for that role, that person may experience a difficult time in letting go of it; especially if it is one with authority. Hence, that person begins to witness the departure of God’s Spirit, and arise in that of another.
Perhaps you may be in the role of Saul. The time is approaching for you to hand-over the reigns of authority to someone else. Although it may present itself as a challenge to do so, I encourage you to do it with grace; that Lord may grant you a new position and fill your heart with both peace and joy. On the other hand, if the reigns of authority are beginning to appear in your near future, do not be haste to take them. Instead do so with humble admiration towards God, Who found you worthy to fulfill such a role. Continue to submit yourselves before the mighty hand of God, remain both faithful and reverent to Him, as well as “behave wisely” in the presence of His people, so that your reign may be full of blessings for you and those whom you serve. More importantly, bring glory and honor to God Almighty.
Let Us Pray. Lord God, You who are great and grand, thank You for finding me worthy of carrying out a role the requires Your Spirit to be with me. Please help me to carry out the role with a humble and reverential attitude towards You and those I serve. When the time comes for me to take on reigns of either higher authority or those of lower authority, please help me to do so with dignity and integrity which will bring glory and honor to you. Amen
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