Saul and David are best known as the first Kings of Israel, and for the strife between the two of them. However, before they became “King” they both had something in common: They were going about their fathers’ business.
One day Kish’s donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, “Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys.” So Saul took one of the servants and traveled through the hill country of Ephraim…When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”1 Samuel 9:3-4;17
Saul wasn’t looking to become the King of Israel. he wasn’t looking to become the person God used to deliver His people. He was looking for a donkey. He was being obedient to his father and going about his business. He was dutiful and thoroughly searching for his father’s property. What if he hadn’t been? What if he had turned back before they reached Samuel? How much longer would he have had to wait for God’s anointing? How many lives would’ve been affected?
Sometimes being diligent in the little isn’t about using God’s gifts in small areas but about dutifully and thoroughly going about our responsibilities in the world we live in. I know that I feel a certain richness or fulfilling satisfaction when I work diligently and throughly in my duties as a mother and housewife. I feel like I am honoring God better by doing those things.
Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”…And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”1 Samuel 16:11-12
We all know that David was a shepherd over his father’s sheep. We know that it was during those long hours that David praised, worshipped, and drew closer to God. The time spent here with God was the foundation of David’s life, but he didn’t stop after Samuel anointed him King.
So David went to Saul and began serving him…And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.1 Samuel 16:21&23
David wasn’t trying to become King. He wasn’t in Saul’s court trying to stage a coup. He served God and fulfilled the duties of the positions he had been placed in. He knew that if God wanted him to be king, God would make it happen. David just needed to continue serving God faithfully in whatever he was called to do that day.
He did this wherever he went throughout his life. Even when he was in exile he constantly went about his Father’s business. He constantly showed mercy and love to Saul. When David and his people lived in Achish of Gath’s court among the Philistines, David still went about the Lord’s business. Whenever there was a battle, David sought out God’s wisdom and followed His instructions completely.
The main difference between Saul and David is that Saul stopped going about his Father’s business. Saul started doing things halfway and he let his heart become hard toward God. After God took the kingdom from him, Saul let fear rule his life.
David was just as human as we are and he made mistakes, but he never let those mistakes come between him and God. He never let his heart become hard toward God. Whether in joy or grief, trials or peace, David constantly sought God’s face.
Are we going about our Father’s business? Are we constantly seeking His wisdom, listening for His voice, searching for His direction? Are we dutifully and thoroughly going about our daily tasks, doing everything as unto the Lord (Col. 3:23) every day? Are we a Saul, who began his journey going about his Father’s business and then abandoning it; or are we a David, who spent his entire life, day after day, going about his Father’s business?