Friday, April 4, 2014 4:07 AM

Divine Appointments

Friday, April 4, 2014 4:07 AM
Friday, April 4, 2014 4:07 AM

David goes to check on his brothers, doing so at the direction of his father; and little could David have guessed what God would do when one is willing.

“The coming of David upon the scene corresponded in its accidental character to the coming of Saul into contact with Samuel, to be designated for the throne. Everything seemed to be casual, yet those things which seemed most casual were really links in a providential chain leading to the gravest issues. It seemed to be by chance that David had three brothers serving in Saul’s army; it seemed also to be by chance that their father sent his youthful shepherd son to inquire after their welfare; it was not by design that as he saluted his brethren Goliath came up and David heard his words of defiance; still less was it on purpose to wait for David that Saul had sent no one out as yet to encounter the Philistine; and nothing could have appeared more ridiculous than that the challenge should wait to be answered by the stripling shepherd, who, with his sling and shepherd’s bag thrown over his shoulder, had so little of the appearance of a man of war. It seemed very accidental, too, that the only part of the giant’s person that was not thoroughly defended by his armor, his eyes and a morsel of his forehead above them, was the only part of him on which a small stone from a sling could have inflicted a fatal injury. But obviously all these were parts of the providential plan by which David was at once to confer on his country a signal boon, and to raise his name to the pinnacle of fame. And, as usual, all the parts of this prearranged plan fell out without constraint or interference; a new proof that Divine pre-ordination does not impair the liberty of man.”[1]

God arranges for divine appointments for everyone, some of quiet consequences and some change the course of history. The two questions for man is only; are you listening and are you prepared?

[1] Blaikie, W. G. (1903). The First Book of Samuel. In W. Robertson Nicoll (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible, Volume 2: Samuel to Job (W. Robertson Nicoll, Ed.). Expositor’s Bible (73). Hartford, CT: S.S. Scranton Co.

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