Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Anointed to suffer


To often when we think of the word anointed, our minds conjure an image of a minister preaching dynamically, a gifted musician performing exceptionally, or a beautiful voice. Reality, however, has come to show us that the anointing of God is far more complex than that and is far more multidimensional than appears at cursory glance. The anointing of God does not simply empower us to perform before an open audience, but it empowers us to endure hardship when no one is looking. How many times have you looked back over your life, shook your head, dried your tears, and sighed the words, "I don't know how I got through that?" The answer is simple; God anointed you to suffer. He does not only anoint us to sing, preach, and administer church operations, but He anoints us to suffer. Life is full of unpleasant unescapable twists and turns, but God had the solution before life had the problem.
I am reminded of the time when Jesus was sitting inside a small house moments prior to His crucifixcion and a out of nowhere, a simple and plain woman arrived with an alabaster box. She breaks the box and proceeds to anoint Jesus. Some murmured and even complained, but Jesus stopped them and clarified what was taking place. He said to them, "She has done this in preparation for my burial." It was this moment that was used to confirm the point of no return. Jesus was going to suffer and die and the reality was now sinking in even to those around him. Nevertheless, God marked the moment of suffering with an anointing . Jesus did not just have power to heal the sick, but He had the power to endure a relentless beating and whipping. We must know in our moments of fatigue and despair that we too our anointed to endure our hardships.
When we read the 23rd Psalm, we see that David learned to walk through (not stay in) the valley of the shadow of death, fear no evil and remember that God was with him. He then goes on to say, "Thou anointest my head with oil." The 23rd Psalm is really in my opinion a reflective Psalm because David looks over his life and sees all God has done and then in the near end of the song concludes that God anointed him to do go through all this.
On the other hand, the autobigraphy of David reads differently then Psalms. The book of 1 Samuel tells us David was anointed first and then went through the storms of his life. The fact is he could not have endured what he did had God not anointed him to do so. God's anointing on David was not just to play the harp, write songs, and govern a kingdom. He was anointed to run from Saul, hide in caves, endure the pains his children caused, and live through the troubles he brought upon himself. Nevertheless, the anointing came before the suffering. God knows life is no ride on cloud number nine and far before our trials ever begin we can count on the fact that we are anointed to go through this.

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