This is like a really quick one because it is not what I’d planned on mailing out today, but somehow I think someone needs to hear this.

On Sunday and this morning in fellowship the same passage was used, but in very opposite contexts.

It’s the story of David.

So let me paint it in a different way:

1.)    He is a young handsome man

2.)    He is very talented

3.)    He is hardworking

4.)    He is creative

5.)    He has a bright future

I don’t know what your upbringing is like, but mine and many others that have been successful have this mentality “We see far because we stand on the shoulders of men”.

In a nutshell, I am a great advocate for everyone to have a mentor. Someone who has travelled the path you are willing to travel and can help you avoid pitfalls on the way, and in doing so you can leverage on their expertise and experience. The unquestionable result is meant to be a better you, a better process, a better achievement, a better result, a better generation coming behind. But alas, that’s where the problem is. Are the people that have gone before willing to help those of us coming behind to surpass their achievements? Are we living our lives with the knowledge that something better than what we have done should happen?

For a young person like me who likes the sound of mentors, and maybe you too (because I will not stop advocating for having mentors) this is a sound of caution: mentors are humans too. Like everyone else they can get greedy, jealous, and insecure, feel threatened, embarrass, fail and ultimately turn around to be your greatest enemy. The striking truth is it happens often that we care to think.

In fact, the loving manager that showed great interest in you may turn around one day and plan to destroy your life. The scary part is, because you have trusted this mentor/superior/manager before you tend to bare all EVERYTIME and maybe insensitive to the looming danger.

Saul saw the best in David, even when David’s brothers couldn’t. He gave him the opportunity he needed to shine. He gave him a platform to showcase his talent, his God-given gift. I believed Saul really wanted David to succeed. He even asked him to start living in the Royal Palace maybe with the intention of imparting wisdom and more expertise into him.

Everything was working well until ‘the women’ raised their voices. {I don’t have anything against women, I just think it is hilarious that the bible mentioned them as the ones that ‘unknowingly’ worked Saul up}. Specifically after a glorious victory, they started singing David’s praise and said:

“Saul has killed a thousand and David tens of thousands”

And the story that started so beautifully, at that point, took a turn for the worst as one of the longest ‘pursuit to kill’ mission. Saul determined in his heart to kill David.

My mentor, My manager, My big boss, My helper….

The one who loved me, the one who picked me up when I was nobody, the one who gave me a chance, the one who gave me a platform…

Now suddenly has turned to be my worst enemy simply because I am doing what he knew I could do well.

Saul did not hide his intention to kill David; he went all out for him, until he died himself.

How did David handle this scary situation?

1.)    David continued to believe in God – I know that is like a cliché, but really it’s the first thing. There is no other way to survive. Your enemies can take you out, if God’s hand is not protecting you. If God brought you there, He will sustain you.

2.)    David knew the score – He didn’t play the ignorant role. He knew what he was up against and strategically with Godly wisdom acted accordingly. So when required, he ran, when necessary he broke the rules. He needed to stay alive to fulfil destiny.

3.)    He still had a good heart – Saul’s attempt to kill David did not make David become like Saul. On the contrary, David still loved, forming a great fellowship with Jonathan {Saul’s son} and also being a great loving leader to the people that were with him.

4.)    David understood God principles – When he had a chance to retaliate and kill Saul, he didn’t simply because “Saul was also an anointed man of God”. Understand that your enemy is not just the person you are angry with, it is a spirit trying to ruffle you and using anyone/means available. (Ephesians 6:12)

Who hates you is the question?

Actually, it doesn’t really matter who hates you or how many they are because God says to us

“Do not fear, for those that are with us, are more than those that are against us” (2 Kings 6:16)

“Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)

“Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm” (Psalm 105:15)

Or maybe a Saul needs a repentant heart – Who are you hating?

I’m human, and you are human too, it is not beyond anyone to be jealous and nurse hatred. But that’s where humility comes in. Ask God for grace to be humble, to let go, to live the life He has called you to live.

John the Baptist was a forerunner, sent to prepare the way for Jesus. John watched as 2 of his disciples left him to follow Jesus… know what he said? Simply this:

“He must become greater, I must become less” (John 3:30)

Can you now see you need grace?

I need it too.

ibukun

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