Something was wrong with our car!
After consulting a friend we concluded that it could be a flat battery, so we tested it to see whether I needed a new one or not. The gauge told us that it was dead so we replaced it with a new one and it’s been working beautifully ever since!
It’s important to take the time to test things before we fully commit. It would have been foolish to replace a battery without testing it first.
In the same way, God will test us before He fully releases us into what He has called us to do. God will often gauge what an increase of power will do to our character before He promotes us into the next season of increased responsibility and authority. This is exactly what he did with David before he was promoted as king of Israel.
David had been anointed to be the next king. However the one thing that stood in his way between the desert and destiny was a king who wanted to kill him. It was in this setting that God orchestrated a moment that would test whether David would use his power on his own terms or use it on God’s terms and timing.
One night, Saul and his men were sleeping and vulnerable to attack, and David had the chance to end it all:
“God has surely handed your enemy over to you this time!” Abishai whispered to David. “Let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t need to strike twice!” – 1 Samuel 26:8
David could have fast tracked his promotion to be king with a simple nod to Abishai. However David wasn’t willing to play games with the power entrusted to him:
“No!” David said. “Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one? Surely the Lord will strike Saul down someday, or he will die of old age or in battle’
David recognised that just because the power was given to him didn’t automatically mean he should use it. The most powerful thing David did with his power was to relinquish it and entrust his future into the hands of God.
In the same way, we too will be tested with the power entrusted to us. Often the test of character is not in the use of our power, but whether we will relinquish it and entrust ourselves into the loving hands of God.