In 1 Samuel 16:4-13 we read about Samuel initially being impressed with Eliab, the eldest of David’s brothers, but eventually choosing and anointing David over the rest of his brethren.
In 1 Samuel 17:12-15, 22-30 we read about Eliab getting angry with David after being asked about the battlefield situation involving Goliath.
After reading these relatively back-to-back sections I can’t help but wonder if Eliab’s tone with David out in the battlefield wasn’t due to being angry at the thought of being passed over when it came to being “the Lord’s anointed” that day back in Bethlehem?
If the above is the case I can’t help but also wonder if Eliab felt the same way about not being “the Lord’s anointed” 5, 10, 15 or 20 years later? I can’t help but wonder if Eliab didn’t end up feeling like he dodged a bullet (or a stone shot from a sling) after seeing all the turmoil surrounding King David’s life?
Have you ever felt like Eliab possibly did? Have you ever felt jaded when something seemingly passed you by in favor of another? Have you felt the sting of resentment only to realize later down the road you are better off being where you’re at than where you wanted to be?
Don’t be in too big of a hurry when it comes to making “something” of yourself in the world. Be diligent in what you do but also remember to guard your emotions and your faith, and to let God make of us what he knows we can handle.
“But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. Were you called whilea slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.” (1 Corinthians 7:17-24 NKJV)