Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him. And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house. And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake. 2 SAMUEL 5:1-12 KJV
We will continue to look at this passage of scripture to see what it has to teach us about fulfilling our destiny.
Note in verse 12 that David perceived he was king.
As Dale Mast points out in his book And David Perceived He Was King, “If David suddenly perceived that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, it also reveals that he didn’t perceive it. The crown was resting on his head and the people were calling him King David but he didn’t fully comprehend that the Lord had established him as king of Israel.”
Leadership is progressive. It is something you grow into and also something you grow in. You don’t start a job in a company as a junior straight from school and within three days you are made Chairman of the PLC.
David’s road to the throne was rocky and full of troubles. At this point he has been king of Judah for seven and a half years, then he is made king of all Israel.
Notice, however, it dawns on him that he is actually king! It seems that David’s identity – his self-awareness – has still to catch up with his destiny. He is actually walking in that destiny before it dawns on him that he actually IS who he is called and destined to be. We call this “living the dream” and here David realises he is actually living the dream.
Sometimes as leaders our identity is defined by the process, which involves struggles and setbacks, rather than by what God has purposed us to be. We need to be focused on the purpose, not the process. Great struggles can condition us to stop believing in our call and to expect setbacks rather than victories and achievements.
We are called to be overcomers and leadership necessitates that we overcome obstacles and trials. Overcoming is part of the process but we can get so bogged down in overcoming that we fail to recognise that we have actually arrived at our goal!
David’s tribulations were over in terms of his actually attaining the throne. That didn’t mean all his trials were over; it simply meant he was in a new season. David had to face his future challenges from the solid foundation of realising his true identity. Royal families take great care to instil in their members a strong sense of entitlement, not for purposes of pride but because to reign you must know it is your duty, calling and destiny.
There is a saying that identity is destiny. That is true but only where identity is fully realised and accepted. A marring of one’s personal identity can hinder you from walking out your destiny. If you don’t perceive yourself to be who you are called to be, then your thinking and actions will not be congruent.
As Dale Mast says, “It took faith for David to defeat Goliath. Yet, identity was required to take the throne. Faith brought David victory but identity would be needed to fulfill his destiny. Faith believes what God can do – identity believes what God can do through you. God brings peace – that’s our faith in His ability but can He bring peace through you? That is identity!”
False humility, pride, low self-esteem brought about by religious programming – all these things can also twist our identity to impede our destiny.
We must focus on who and what God has called us to be and affirm this reality regardless of contradictions. This is vital and also is for our protection.
The safest place for any leader is to be in the will of God for his/her life.
Your destiny is a shield of protection around you if you will walk in it.
You cannot be killed before your time if you walk in your destiny. To do so, you must know who you are.
It is blatantly obvious that your true identity and destiny are one and the same.
David perceived he was king.
Who do you perceive yourself to be?