So the refining begins. David was guilty of following God and honoring the King. He had won the hearts of the people and the anointing of the Lord. As a result—he would now begin a period of refining that would stretch his faith and character to the very brink of destruction. WHY, is a very valid and obvious question. The problem is God does not deal in whys. Saul had departed from the Lord—but knew what God’s blessing looked like. He had to Kill David to preserve his Kingdom. But God’s plan is the plan that always prevails.
Refining is not about why, it is about God. He creates us for a mission and prepares us to complete that mission in amazing and often life stretching ways. As we are refined, we continue to search for God’s provision, protection and plan. He reveals himself as we continue the journey. We can only pray and follow him trusting that he will complete his plan in our lives. Though it may seem impossible, we have to seek him, trust him and follow him so he can refine us into the person he created us to be.
God Bless You
2 David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. 3 Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”
4 But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”
5 David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever[b] I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!” 6 So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.
7 Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.
8 David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”
9 The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”
David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”