“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT
When David had been a young boy, Samuel anointed him to be king over all of Israel. But David’s life didn’t change immediately. After his anointing, he was still the young man responsible for his father’s sheep.
Some time after his anointing, his father sent him to check on his brothers. There, at the Israelite army camp, David killed Goliath and became the young man who slew the giant, as well as, the next king of Israel. Things should have been great for him, right?
When Life Gets Hard
David became a commander in Saul’s army. For a while, David was Saul’s trusted servant, the one who played the harp to soothe the demons in his soul.
He was living in the king’s court miles away from country home he knew as a boy. All it took were the lines of a song,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.” 1 Samuel 18:7
Suddenly, David’s life was anything but smooth. His boss tried to kill him at least three times (1 Samuel 18:10-11, 19:9-10) and told other people to try and kill him (1 Samuel 19:1-2, 19:11).
David spent a lot of his young life running from King Saul, living in caves and other unsavory places basically trying to stay alive. But that wasn’t how it was supposed to be.
He had been anointed as king. Things should have been great, right?
You may be in a position where it seems as though everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. And maybe you’re wondering why all of those things are happening. You’re a child of God. You have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You are protected by the blood of the Lamb of God, so why is your life so hard?
Your Anointing Doesn’t Prevent Sorrow
My friend, I know exactly how you feel. But here’s the thing, being anointed by God does not protect you from trouble. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have sorrows and difficulties.
Quite the contrary. Aligning yourself with God is like putting a bullseye on yourself. You have made yourself a target for the enemy. Now I’m not telling you that to scare you, I’m telling you so that you can know. Just as Jesus told His disciples before His death that they would have tribulation, I want you to be aware of the fact.
Because if we know the truth, the truth will set us free and we will have a lot of ammunition to defend ourselves against the enemy.
Your anointing will not protect you from troubles but you have a God who will. Turn to Him in your tribulations as David did and pour out all your sorrows to Him.
forgive me where I have sinned and forgive me of all my trespasses. I come before You now to lay my burdens at Your feet. Things are really hard right now and I know the enemy is using my current set of circumstances to try distract me or to cause me to sin against You. Where he’s already been successful, forgive me and help me to strengthen my defenses where I’m weak.
Send the Holy Spirit to be my guide and to lead me beside the still waters so that even in the midst of this trial I can experience Your peace. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer for I ask it in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pause for Reflection:
- What trials or tribulations are you experiencing now? How might God step into your situation?
- Are there any promises in the Bible that You can claim to gain victory over your trials?
- Find one character in the Bible who had a similar struggle or who possess the skills you believe would allow you to triumph in your trials and spend some time this week reading what the Bible says about them.
Other actions you can take: