Perceive: When Saul asked David to be a part of his administration, he obviously did not know that Samuel anointed David as the future king. In a unique way, God uses an evil spirit to torment Saul into needing a music healer to bring him relief. This appointment provided a young shepherd boy an opportunity to learn firsthand how a kingdom operates and inadvertently prepares him for leading the nation.
Practice: After David’s secret anointing, it took about fifteen years for God to prepare him for the role as king. During this time Saul was still the sitting ruler of Israel. If we serve the Lord, then we are all in preparation for some way of serving in His kingdom. Sometimes our plans, even clear plans where God calls you, are put on hold indefinitely. Like David, we can use a hindered time for learning and grow in dependence on Him. What has God called you to do as part of His kingdom? Are you using your time for learning and growing?
Pray: O sovereign Lord, continue to show me Your will and calling on my life. Help me to see how You are preparing me for the future.