I Samuel 18:14
In everything (David) did he had great success because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.
As David gained influence, Saul’s influence decreased. Saul became jealous, then fearful of David. Those emotions hardened to implacable enmity. Ultimately, David was forced to flee for his life. David faced a jolting change in status (chapters 21-30) from a respected military hero to a lone fugitive. Yet today the whole world recognizes David as Israel’s greatest king. We forget the circumstances surrounding his rise to power and the lessons he had to learn along the way. God brings His purposes to pass in our lives as we learn our lessons (humility, respect for authority, development of leadership skills, trust in God, etc.). What lessons are you learning today?