Thursday: January 23, 2020
1 Samuel 19:2 But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:
Currently, there is an ongoing impeachment trial in the US. All things aside, the base argument for this process is to ensure that ‘power in the hands of any individual is kept in check’. But then I got really curious and so asked myself one question:
How would it feel to wield power but be unable to use it as one desired?
Here, I am not referring to just some ordinary or low level authority, but the kind that places you head and shoulders above everyone else? I refer to the kind of power that could mean you report to no one but everyone reports to you, the kind possible in the days of Saul and David. Saul was concerned that David had captured the heart of the people and so would soon be after his kingdom. Yet, the reality was different – the kingdom had been given to David for he had already been anointed King.
Hence, why I am curious about David’s character: ‘what it felt like to know he had the authority of a King but could not exercise that authority even when multiple attempts had been made on his life. He had to go into hiding, do every bidding of Saul and even had Jonathan interceding for his life to be spared. It seemed as though a boiling spring in him had to covered shut just because the timing was not right.
My dear, no matter how much of power, knowledge, authority or even a wealth we wield, there will be times when we have to take a position that may suggest we have nothing. There are moments when we have to wait to get the timing right for maximum impact. It isn’t just about showing what we have, it is about showing it off to the world at appointed times for that is when they make a difference. That my dear, is a factor of time.
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that really don’t matter”