Dr. Aaron Cernero
Dr. Aaron Cernero is an Associate Pastor at Faith Church of Sherman, Texas. As Associate Pastor, Aaron preaches the Word of God during Sunday evening services with messages that challenge and inspire the congregation to reach their potential in God. Aaron is a Board-Certified general and bariatric surgeon. His medical practice is located in Denison, Texas. Aaron and his wife, Ailee, are life-long residents of Sherman, where they are raising their three children.
A Message from Associate Pastor Dr. Aaron Cernero
Have you ever considered what it means to be “anointed of God”? On a personal level, as a child of God, have you ever considered your anointing? When we become God’s child, He gives each of us an anointing to fulfill His purpose for our lives. To be as effective and successful as God intends us to be in His kingdom, it is imperative that we understand our anointing.
Before we explore two Biblical examples of God’s anointing, however, we should consider these basic points about anointing:
The Word gives us two examples of men who were anointed by God to lead Israel: Saul and David. The prophet Samuel, directed by God, anointed Saul as King, according to I Sam. 10. At that time, Samuel told him when the Spirit of the Lord would come upon him (I Sam.10:6-7). In time, Saul, although anointed King over Israel, disobeyed God by assuming the role of priest (I Sam. 13:9, 11, 13-14) and by not following God’s command regarding the Amalekites (I Sam. 15:3, 8-9 ). Then, he lied to Samuel about what he had done (I Sam. 15:13-15, 19-21). Ultimately, because of Saul’s disobedience and rebellion, God regretted that he had made him King (I Sam.15:11, 35). Through Samuel, Saul learned not only that God had rejected him, but also that another would replace him as King over Israel (I Sam. 13:13-14; 15:26-28).
Directed by God, Samuel seeks out and anoints David, the youngest son of Jesse, as Israel’s next King, and, according to the Word, “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” (I Sam. 16:13). When God anoints us, He means for it to be forever. While like Saul and David, we will fall and make mistakes, we should follow the example of David who always came back to God, not the example of Saul, who failed God and did not repent. In spite of David’s failures and sins, he is memorialized in the Word as “a man after [God’s] own heart” (I Sam. 13:14). That is the example to which we should aspire.
David experienced many trials and tests after he was anointed. He faced Goliath (I Sam. 17:45-47); he commanded Saul’s armies even though Saul repeatedly put him in harm’s way (I Sam. 18); and he became the target of Saul, filled with jealousy and hatred, who continuously pursued David to kill him (I Sam. 18).
Saul’s pursuit of David to kill him was relentless, and he openly tells of his plans to his son Jonathan (I Sam.19: 1-2, 6) and his daughter Michal (David’s wife) (I Sam. 19:11-12). They each informed David of their father’s plans and he escapes several times from Saul and his men. David flees to Samuel in Naioth, a meeting place for prophets. Saul and his men pursue him there, but the Spirit of the Lord overwhelmed Samuel, David, Saul and the prophets and all they could do was prophesy. Yet again, no harm came to David (I Sam. 19:18, 20-21,23-24).
David could not understand why Saul was hunting him to kill him, why he had no friends and why he could not sit down with his counselors. He neither consulted Saul nor, most importantly, did he reach out to God. He felt alone and utterly hopeless. As he became more and more fearful of Saul, David not only forgot his anointing and all the victories God had given him in times past, but he was driven to become something he was not. When he goes to Gath (the home of Goliath, he even feigns insanity at one point so he would not be discovered in his flight(I Sam.21:12-15). David allowed fear to paralyze him. Consequently, he lost his self-respect and he lost focus. When we find ourselves in similar circumstances, we cannot forget that God will lead us out if we only turn to him. We also must remember that when we lose focus, it signals the enemy of God that there is unrest in the Church. Even in our darkest hours, it is our responsibility to protect God’s Church. Even in the midst of fear and despair, David, according to the Word, “behaved himself wisely in all his ways” (I Sam.18:14). David could have retaliated against Saul, but he did not. We should follow his example and let God fight the battle (I Sam. 18:45-47).
“Why is this happening to me?” is a question we have all asked ourselves at one time or another. When we are in that place, we need to realize that God always looks at our hearts. Since He knows exactly where we are and what we need, God deals with us on these terms. He also knows what we need for our future service to His kingdom.
We do not know why David experienced such things after Samuel anointed him. Perhaps his unchecked prosperity might have been detrimental to his development and only if alone and hopeless could God deal with him to prepare him to lead Israel as King. What we do know is that after these experiences-bitter as they were-, David became the “sweet psalmist of Israel” (I Sam. 23:1). He never lost his anointing, in spite of the troubles he faced. Because he allowed God to bring him through, he became more devout, more humble and more trustful. Although at the time of his distress he could not see clearly, over time he came to understand more fully the ways of God, and he was able to write, “I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalms 34:4). When we seek Him, He will do the same for us today, and with such victory, our anointing will lead us to be effective in His kingdom.