"So the priest gave him (David) hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away." I Samuel 21:6
Young David, escaping from Saul, finds refuge at the city of Nob. He is looking for physical nourishment ~and finds~ "hallowed bread." In his confusion from having to escape the palace, knowing he is anointed the next King of Israel, he finds the Lord provides him with holy bread as his food ~ strength for the journey ahead. Eight long years he spends hiding and waiting for the appointed time for God's call on his life to be fulfilled as Saul continues to reign.
How long have you waited, looking for God's promises to come to fruition? And in this long wait you have seen hardships and trials along the way. You may be feeling emptied...dry. ~ But God ~ has His purposes ~ no matter what the road has been like or the way so steep your strength is failing. He has a plan.
David was called and anointed by God to be king, but...God had work to do in his heart to prepare him for the throne. The workings of God and the dealings of man are quite different ideas. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9) God is interested in His wisdom, His nature, and His character being developed in us, just like David. The man "after God's own heart."
If we are emptied of our own plans, our own ways, our own anything...it is so we can be refilled...with the holy. As God's Spirit begins to search out the deep places in our lives and the recesses of our hearts it can be painful from our viewpoint, but He is looking to rid our lives of the things that He knows is best and to bring maturity into our lives.
Emptied...to be Filled ~ A lifelong pilgrimage.
David ended up being called, "A man after God's own heart." He made mistakes, just as we may, but God was able to work in him the kind of heart He needed for the throne. No matter how long the road, or how long the wait, He has a plan, and His plan is to work in our heart His nature and character and wisdom. Let Him.