King David was no stranger to opposition and haters. He regularly encountered those who were against him. One of his chief "haters" was King Saul. After Saul was stripped of his position as king, and the prophet Samuel anointed David as the next king of Israel--Saul was furious! He looked for opportunities to harm David. The word of God tells us that Saul devised mischief in his heart towards David. Yet, David had done nothing to warrant Saul's relentless attacks against him. It was public knowledge that Saul hated David. David would often run for his life because of Saul's pursuit. Even when David hid from Saul, people, namely the Ziphites (I Samuel 23 and I Samuel 26), would inform Saul of David's hiding places. Do you see how David's hater, Saul, had help? And yet each time it would seem Saul was gaining the upper hand, David would pray and ask God for instruction and direction. Without fail, God would sovereignly lead and protect David, because he was bound for the throne. Saul could not change that, and he knew it.
What do you do when the enemy is hot on your heels? What do you do when it appears that your haters have help? Remember that God is for you! When we turn to the Lord for help, He NEVER disappoints. He gives uncommon insight, instruction, and direction. He will reveal strategies that ensure victory when we seek him.
No matter how many haters or "hater-helpers" you may have, it does change what God has pre-planned for your life. Your haters cannot keep you from your destiny. But, they will work over-time to get YOU to forfeit your destiny by causing frustration, fear, doubt, and anxiety. Don't listen to them! Listen to God! Pursue him like never before. Your victory is a guarantee!
1. I Samuel 15 (Saul rejected from being king)
2. I Samuel 16 (David anointed king)
Father, I thank you that you are for me. Even in the face of great opposition, you are watching over me. I thank you that you have a purpose and a plan for my life. I pray that you would order my footsteps. Lead me in the way I should go. Help me to tune in to your voice and tune out the voices of the haters in my life. I thank you that as I seek you and obey your word, that victory is a guarantee. In Jesus' name. Amen.