We will be discussing two important men in the bible that God has anointed, appointed, and chosen for greater purposes. We will study the life of David and Joseph.
David’s background was a shepherd boy who was overlooked by his family. One day, Samuel, the prophet was commanded by God to visit Jesse’s house, the father of David to anoint the next king. Samuel obeyed the voice of God. However, he failed in choosing the right man. Eliab, the brother of David was mistaken by Samuel to be the next king in line. He looked the part, good looking and tall perhaps.
But as Samuel approached Eliab to anoint him, the Lord had rebuked him saying, (paraphrase) “Don’t look at the outside appearance for he isn’t the man to whom I have chosen, I looked at the heart of a man.” The bottom line, God doesn’t choose someone based on their looks but God considers a man’s heart and character.
After David was anointed for being the next king in line, he had to go through some testing. Not until in 2 Samuel 2 that David finally became a king. He spent most of his time running away from being killed in the hands of Saul.
Before he could reign as a king God had to test his character.
I believe the first test that David was tested on was is faith. During the time when he was about to face off the giant, Goliath. David never relied on his own strength, but he said, “You come to me with a sword with a spear and with a javelin, I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel who you have defiled.” Read 1 Samuel 17:45)
David was known to be the man after God’s own heart. Despite Saul’s threat of killing him, David didn’t take matters into his own hands by retailing of killing Saul when he had a chance. He learned the value of letting God avenge him from his enemies. As you read Psalm 18,
“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.”
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Another man that God had chosen was a man named Joseph. As you read Genesis 37:23-25, Joseph was sold to slavery into the hand of the Egyptians by his own brothers. His flesh and blood despised him because God had given him a dream that one day, they would bow down to him. In return, Joseph was hated by his brothers that they’ve decided to get rid of him.
Joseph ended up being the overseer of the house of Potiphar. He was entrusted mostly of Potiphar’s house because God was with Joseph and he was highly favored. But the enemy had a plan to sabotage of Joseph’s purpose in his life. Potiphar’s wife was used to seduce Joseph to sleep with her.
The testing of Joseph’s character.
I believe Joseph was tested by his integrity and loyalty. Joseph refused the seductress woman, as Joseph ran away from her, she got a hold of his garment and said, “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed.” Joseph was wrongly accused and was thrown into the prison cell. Many years had passed until Joseph was released from the prison cell when Pharaoh had a dream that no one can interpret.
Joseph was finally set free from prison when one of Pharao’s worker had remembered the time that Joseph interprets dreams. It was the moment that Joseph was brought into the presence of Pharaoh and was able to interpret his dream.
Pharaoh promoted Joseph to be the governor of Egypt. When Joseph predicted that famine would take place as God had revealed to him. He was able to prepare and stored up some food in the barn.
The storage of food grew bad in Joseph’s household that his brothers decided to travel all the way to Egypt to buy some food supplies. Unbeknownst to his brothers, they would meet their brother face to face for the first time after they’ve sold him to slavery. As you read the story of Joseph, it is a story of restoration and redemption. It is a story of forgiveness that he said in the end, “whatever you meant evil for me, Go had turned it around for good.”
Sometimes we often wonder why God allows bad things happen in our lives. We look for an answer that we don’t usually get right away, but ultimately later on we will realized just like David and Joseph God allowed those unpleasant events to take place in their lives because God was preparing them for greater purposes, greater than themselves.
Joseph was tested by his integrity and loyalty because God would place him in a higher position. It is of great importance that as a man who will be governing a country or a nation, one must possess a character of integrity and loyalty to his county and to its citizen. And David was tested by his faith in God, loyalty by not avenging his own self when he had a chance to do so. He exercised self-control by trusting upon the Lord to avenge him from his enemies.