May 19

1 Samuel 24:1-25:44; John 10:22-42; Psalm 116:1-19; Proverbs 15:20-21

Just because you are anointed, you cannot take advantage of others. David was in a privileged position knowing that he was anointed to be king. He could have killed the man who was pursuing his life but he knew better. You see, you cannot take liberties with the favor that God has given you.

Even though David was anointed, so was Saul! David had to respect the anointing on Saul even though David was anointed too. When David drew close to Saul, he cut his robe. As soon as he did it, he was convicted that he had stepped over a line. David repented. He approached Saul and told him that even though he could have taken his life, he respected God too much to do it.

Saul, who had previously desired to kill David, now affirmed that God was with him and had truly given David the throne of Israel. David made a vow to Saul that he would never harm his children when he ascended to the throne.

When you are anointed, you can afford to be gracious. After all, you did not anoint yourself! Your anointing comes from God. Don’t frustrate the anointing by acting in a way that dishonors the calling on your life. Regardless of the pressure or the situation, protect your anointing. It is the pathway to your destiny.

Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25; John 11:1-54; Psalm 117:1-2; Proverbs 15:22-23

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