On Sunday we talked about King David, a man who wanted God’s will, God’s way, and in God’s time. While he was anointed king as a young man (I Samuel 16) it took 15 years before he took the throne in the southern kingdom of Israel (Judah) and 7 more years before he ruled over a united kingdom. Rather than doubt God, rather than try to make it happen in his own wisdom and strength, David waited patiently.
What can we learn from David’s patient obedience?
- God isn’t in a rush.
You know the phrase, “I have all the time in the world?” Well I don’t and you don’t but God does. God is beyond time. God isn’t limited by time. Scripture records story after story of blessing that came to people who were willing to wait.
- God develops us in times of waiting.
As we wait we learn to trust God. As we wait learn to draw closer to God. As we wait our faith increases. Intimacy grows between us and God. Think about the Psalms. How many of them were written during periods of waiting? So many of them have questions in them like, “How long, O Lord?” “How long will I have to wait until this trial is over?” Several of the Psalms talk about “waiting on the Lord and waiting patiently for Him.” Waiting is always part of God’s plan and process. To not want to wait is to want to skip something God has designed that will be for our benefit. God has a purpose for asking us to wait, and when we aren’t willing to wait we can mess up the very blessing He is trying to deliver!
- People who want to get ahead of God or try to make things happen as a result of using their own wisdom wind up in trouble.
Don’t look for the short cut. Don’t look for the feel good. Look for God’s will, God’s way, in God’s time! Wait! Let me tell you that anything God has planned for you, that He has an appointed time to bring to you, will be WORTH the wait!
Listen, God knows the conditions of your life perfectly, and He sees what is ahead. He knows what He is preparing you for and what He will use to prepare you in the meantime. His Will, His Way, His Time is perfect. Trust Him, and wait for Him to move in your life.
Teays Valley Church of God
6979 Teays Valley Rd, Scott Depot, WV 25560