Are you finding yourself in a season where you are waiting?
Are you seeking God’s direction, but haven’t yet discerned what that is?
Are you earnestly seeking after something, praying to God about it, but you haven’t received an answer just yet?
I hope this post will be an encouragement to you while you are in a season of waiting.
Because, you see, even anointed kings wait in fields….
Here is an extremely brief background of a story found in the Bible from the book of First Samuel:
-God was the king of the Israelites and had been faithful to the Israelites, even though they weren’t always faithful to Him.
-The surrounding peoples had human kings, who went to battle with the people.
-The Israelites also desired a human king, even though they had The Ultimate King, God.
-God allowed the Israelites the desires of their heart, and gave them a human king, named Saul.
-Saul was a great leader. At first, that is. Then, he started to turn from God’s ways.
-God anointed the next king, David, but Saul was still in reign, albeit at the end of his reign, as once Saul quit seeking God, things started to unravel quickly.
-Saul, now knowing that his line will not fill the throne, is threatened by David, and is seeking to kill him, in fact he has several unsuccessful attempts on David’s life.
Now, let’s enter the field where we find David….
David is hiding in a field near the palace, while his best friend Jonathan (who is also Saul’s son) is seeking to find out if his father truly means to kill David.
Where is the current king? At a banquet table. Surrounded by people, and I would imagine, also surrounded by several delectable dishes.
Where’s God’s anointed king?
In a field. Alone. No banquet table. No delectable dishes.
After the second night of the feast, Jonathan does indeed discover that his father means David harm, and will kill him, if given the chance.
After this discovery that evening, Jonathan reveals to David the next morning what he has discovered.
I would love to know how David spent his nights in that field. Was it an easy transition, going back to his shepherd days, where he spent many nights under the stars protecting his flock? Did he pray all night, talking to God about his situation? Did he use the alone time to sing praises to God, perhaps started penning those Psalms that he wrote?
Regardless of how David filled the time, we know from scripture, that he did indeed log the time there. An anointed king. Hiding in a field. Awaiting direction.
Be encouraged by this fact. Waiting seasons are hard, but they are also rich with God’s love that will sustain you through a season of waiting.
If you are a follower of Christ, God’s got BIG plans for you. Sometimes we just have to spend a few nights in a field, waiting, trusting, to see just what those plans are.
God loves you so fiercely that He is not going to leave you in that field.
So, be encouraged….even anointed kings wait in fields!
“So David hid in the field; and when the new moon came, the king sat down to eat food. The king sat on his seat as usual, the seat by the wall; then Jonathan rose up and Abner sat down by Saul’s side, but David’s place was empty.”
1 Samuel 20:24-25