I Samuel 16: 13 (NIV) So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
At times in my spiritual journey I need a spark, yes a spark is temporary, lasting only a brief second before going out. Yet the purpose of a spark is to ignite things, get something started. For example, when cooking out a spark is needed on a gas grill to start the flame that does the cooking. But a spark in itself isn’t a fire; it won’t cook the meat. Yes I am going somewhere with this family stay with me.
In order to live in the fullness that God intends for our lives, we need a flame that is fueled continually by the oil of God’s compelling grace. David’s life shows us the difference. He had the same spiritual experiences that Saul did, being touched and anointed by God’s hand. Yet the spark that David received was fanned into a flame. “As David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the horn of oil (Notice not the flask used when Saul was anointed) he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on” (1 Samuel 16:13, NLT). This last phrase—“from that day on”—shows us the difference in David’s and Saul’s lives. Once David received a spark from God, he guarded it, stoked it and fueled it. He determined, “I want this spark to increase into a burning flame for the Lord.”
When God’s spark comes it may soothe us, but it is also meant to create a fire that refines. The flame of His holiness cleanses us of things that do not belong and as it burns away the dross of sin, it causes us to hate our compromise. It also stirs in us a passion to be Holy, so that we say as David did, “Lord, I want to be clean before You and have a right spirit.”
Many people of God resist this. Conviction can lead to change, and we may not be willing to change some of our habits or things we covet. David addresses the resistance of his own heart, pleading, “Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you” (Psalm 51:11-12, NLT).
Point to ponder: David’s emphasis on obedience in this verse 12. Notice exactly what happened to King Saul. As he kept disobeying, the power of God’s Spirit to use him kept diminishing. After a while, Saul no longer heard God’s voice or felt the stirring of His Spirit because he had never allowed the initial spark to fan into a cleansing flame.
Advancing His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.