Rejected? You Can Relate to King David
Occasionally, we might feel as if our problems are more than what we can handle.
Did you know that you can relate to individuals from the bible? When you research biblical scriptures, you can see how King David overcame some of the same emotional pain that you may endure today.
Who Was King David
Some would agree, David is one of the most spoke about biblical characters. The epic battle between David and the giant Goliath has been shared countless times in Sunday School classrooms.
According to Acts 13:22 ( KJV), King David was a man after God's own heart. He was the second king of Israel and Judah, a shepherd, and a warrior.
David is known for his many accomplishments during his lifetime. However, he also suffered from plenty of hardships.
David Was Over Looked
The pain from rejection can sting. Maybe you were the next in line for the job promotion, but it was given to someone else. Perhaps your big idea that you poured your heart into was denied. Maybe, someone that you love no longer feels the same for you.
King David experienced his share of rejection.
When Samuel came to anoint one of Jessie's sons, David was not present. David was sent to the field to watch over the sheep. His family did not consider him as an option.
1 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
King Saul underestimated David's ability to overcome Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:33 (KJV) And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
Goliath was insulted by David's appearance. He considered him inferior and threatened David.
1 Samuel 17:42-44 (KJV) And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
David's son attempted to take over the kingdom. Absalom rejected his father as king and betrayed him by stealing the hearts of the people.
2 Samuel 15:4-6 (KJV) Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
David was deceived and overlooked, sometimes by the people closest to him.
The same as some of us are today. We have the luxury of seeing how David handled these situations and how his life unfolded.
How Did David React
David's father had overlooked him. The following verse shows us that David remained obedient to his father, his authority.
1 Samuel 17:20 (KJV) And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
Saul had doubted David's ability to overcome the giant. David did not give up. He remembered that God had delivered him before and he had faith that God would do it again.
1 Samuel 17:37 (KJV) David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
David did not allow the size of Goliath nor his threats to intimidate him. Instead, he rose boldly against the giant. David did not fear for his future but continued to walk in faith.
1 Samuel 17: 46 (KJV) This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
David showed mercy towards Absalom after he deceived him.
2 Samuel 18:5 (KJV) And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.
And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
What We Can Gain From Studying David's Life
Although David was rejected repeatedly, he was merciful, behaved righteously, and remained loyal to his authority. He was humble and trusted in God. In return, God exalted David and he became a king.
Like David, we have obstacles to overcome. God created each of us for a purpose. We must do the best we can. We mustn't face opposition with bitterness, disobedience, or any other type of negative behavior. Instead, we must behave righteously, walk-in faith, and continuing trust in God that everything will work out for our good.
Galatians 6:9 (KJV) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
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