The Anointed

July 14 | 1 Samuel 24:6

“And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid if I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him because he himself is the Lord’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 24:6)

Some people have very high principles they try to live up to. Others are just skating by. But highly principled people have the drive and focus. They don’t always achieve them for sure. But by raising the bar so high even their lowest achievement is higher.

David was well within his rights to take King Saul’s throne and kingdom away from him. He had already been anointed king of Israel in his place. And God gave King Saul into his hand twice. But David refused to go in for the kill.

He would not touch the Lord’s anointed, kings, prophets, and priests. He will not take the throne by force. God had already given it to him. He waited for the Lord’s timing. David patiently did what he could for Israel until he would be king.

Most people would think that if the Lord delivered King Saul into his hand he could take the throne. Some circumstances seem to point to God’s will and providence. And yet David patiently waited for God to give him the kingdom along with the throne.

The Holy Spirit has high expectations for you. He wants you to live within his means and will. You must trust that the Lord has a plan for your life and will fulfill it at the proper time.

Action Step: Trust the Lord to lead you into his promises in his time. Don’t try to fulfill them on your own. Wait on him.

Heavenly Father, I know your timing is best for me. Help me not to get ahead of myself. Teach me to wait on you. I want to live by your high standards and fulfill your will in my life.

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