King David certainly didn’t have the Kingdom of Israel handed to him. Of course, God had promised, and it was certainly going to come to pass, but that didn’t mean it would be easy.
After David faced the giant Goliath he became the most famous young man in Israel! Wow, everyone knew who David was and they loved him! Except for King Saul. A destructive seed of jealousy had begun to germinate in his heart and it was about to grow out of control.
- King Saul literally tried to kill him with a javelin. (twice) 1 Sam 18-19
- Challenged by Saul to kill 100 Philistines to win the Kings daughter (he actually killed 200, and can you imagine a father-in-law like that!) 1 Sam 18
- King Saul sends his troops to hunt for David to kill him. 1 Sam 19
- David, the champion of Israel, is forced to seek asylum from a foreign king. 1 Sam 21
- David literally hid in a cave for fear of his life. 1 Sam 22
- David had to seek shelter for his parents in Moab. 1 Sam 22
- He felt responsible for the death of the Priests of the Lord. 1 Sam 21-22
- David still fought for his country against the Philistines at Keilah. 1 Sam 23
- Those David rescued at Keilah sought to betray him to Saul. 1 Sam 23
- He suffered the loss of his chief spiritual leader, Samuel. 1 Sam 25
- David and his men sought refuge again with their enemies. 1 Sam 27
- His own family was kidnapped, nearly killed, and his possessions were lost at Ziklag. 1 Sam 30
- Finally, David is crowned King. 2 Sam 2,5
What a road of Adversity! I mean David faced unimaginable things on his path to become King. I’m sure there were times when the troubles were overwhelming, but David kept his eyes on the Lord. He trusted God through it all. David was not alone through the adversity he faced. God was with him and God had His servants there to help David. More on this next time.
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