1 Samuel 30:6
6. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
This man had been anointed as the next King of Israel. He was not craving to be the king, but was called to lead Israel. God called him and anointed him through his servant, Prophet Samuel. This man was anointed amidst his brothers as king over Israel. But the moment he was called by God and anointed, his persecutions, predicament and afflictions began. The anointing and calling brought to him immense persecution and afflictions.
He had been running away from King Saul who wanted to assassinate him the moment he knew The Lord had anointed him as the next king. He had made several attempt to kill him but had failed, including mobilizing a whole battalion of army to look for him in the caves of Adullam.
Several times, he had escaped death by whisker. He cheated death on many occassions. To add more to his burden, the distressed, oppressed, the debtors and homeless thugs of the land had gathered behind him and submitted themselves to him as their leader. So he moved about from caves to caves with this group of misfits.
In hunger and thirst, in wandering about with his men, he had come to live in the territory of his enemies, just to escape the constant pursuit of Saul. He had offered to fight beside the Philistines against Israel, just to keep the body and soul together. But the Philistines had refused the offer of David and had sent him and his men back to their base in Ziglag.
The men had returned dejectedly in hunger and thirst. They had hoped to come back from the war, with much spoils and food. But now, they had been turned back empty-handed. On their return, they saw that calamity had befallen them: their base had been raised down by fire and all their wives and children had been taken captives by some invading enemies. That was when they all burst into tears and wept like babies. They were completely depressed with sadness.
Out of frustration and anguish of soul, they wanted to stone David for leading them into this calamity. He led them to an unsuccessful journey, and they came back to meet devastations. David was confused, sad and absolutely depressed. But in the midst of this, the Bible says: “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” He encouraged himself in The Lord. He refused to be cast down. He encouraged the people, and gathered them together again, and pursued the invaders.
In Genesis 37, when did the troubles of Joseph began? When The Lord showed him the visions of his future and he believed it and began to share it. That was when The Lord called him to lead a poeple. When his brothers heard his visions, they knew what it meant:
Genesis 37:8: And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed Have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
When he had the first dream of his assignment for the future, and shared it, the Bible said, his brothers HATED him for this. When The Lord repeated the dream for him in a greater way and saw the sun, moon and eleven stars bowing to him, His father interpreted the dream straight away:
10So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”
From thenceward, his persecution and troubles began. The calling and the visions had provoked afflictions, persecutions and troubles. The next verse read that his brothers ENVIED him the more. Then, in verse 18, when they saw him coming to them, the Bible said, they CONSPIRED against him to put him to DEATH, in order just to ABORT THIS DREAM.
They said: “We shall see what will become of his dreams!” Genesis 37:20c
Next, they STRIPPED HIM NAKED and after that, CAST HIM INTO THE PIT, and sat down to eat the food he had probably brought for them.
Then, in verse 27, the final move came when they declared: “Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites” And they sold him away to get rid of his visions of future assignment. That was what his vision and calling brought him.
They hated him for his dreams.
They envied him for his dreams.
They conspired against him to abort his visions.
They stripped him naked for his visions
They attempted to even kill him for his Visions.
They sold him away for his visions and separated him from his loved ones because of his Visions.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT ALL THESE MEAN? Hatred, Envy, Jealosy, Betrayal, Persecutions, Hunger and thirst all always trail behind Visions and Calling. Visions provoke persecutions and afflictions. When God gives you a calling and vision to fulfill a purpose for Him, be ready to fight for it, because all Hell would be set loose after you. Therefore, to abandon that vision and calling is a bad option.
YOUR CALLING IS YOUR MAIN ESSENCE FOR LIVING…
THE PURPOSE FOR YUR CREATION…/
THE REASON FOR YOUR EXISTENCE.
Are you passing through some difficult times in ministry? Press on. Joy comes in the morning.
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