What’s next? You get a promotion. You get a raise. So then you get a new car. A new house. A new swagger.
You’re walking at least on cloud 8, and soon you’ll fly up to level 9 to hang out with Lando Calrissian (you know you love it Star Wars buffs!)
David got a promotion via the prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 16…his promotion said, “FUTURE KING OF ISRAEL!” And it came in the fragrance of a new anointing commanded by the LORD. That’s legit. I don’t care what promotion you got, just try and top, “The King of God’s people Israel, the nation chose to bless the world.” Not a bad promotion. Not a bad gig.
David does a couple things like kill a giant, marry the king’s daughter, and lead Israel to victories. So Saul, the king of Israel decides that he doesn’t like David being around any longer and sets out to kill him. It’s kind of a funny story. You’ve got the king of Israel, and he even with his best hunters, they can’t quite track down David.
One time, they were hunting David and Saul had to take a pit stop at a cave also known as el bano. So Saul’s taking care of business and as he does, David comes up and cuts off a corner of king Saul’s robe. Seems like a cool thing. Then later on, David could say, “hey, you’ve been trying to kill me. I snuck up, could have killed you, and I didn’t. Here’s the proof.” But the story goes like this…
“Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’S anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.”…Then Saul left the cave.
The story continues on from there…you can read it here. Here’s the focus. David felt bad for cutting a piece off of the king’s robe, the guy who was trying to kill him. We are talking deep remorse. Regret. Heart change that led to action, a true life change.
I don’t care what you believe God has called you to in your future. If you think you’re calling is more important than honoring those above you, you’ve got another thing coming. Seriously, look at David. Look at his example. So many young dudes speak against those that God has used and is using as leaders. Honor them.
Don’t take a cut at their work with your words.
Don’t look down on them, and cut them with your attitude.
Don’t cut away from them what isn’t yours!
Honor your leaders. Honor those that God has used to bring you this far in life, and thank God for them. Love them. Encourage them. Lift them up.
Let your conscience be your friend, not your enemy because you take a stand that you will not cut from another what is not yours.