Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
2 Samuel 3:1(NIV)
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
2 Samuel 3:1 (MSG)
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David dragged on and on. The longer it went on the stronger David became, with the house of Saul getting weaker.
“There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; but David grew steadily stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker [to the point of being powerless].” -AMPLIFIED
The friction between David’s house and Saul’s house continued. We are told that there was a war between the two houses that dragged on and it was a time of great hostility.
“The delay in David becoming Israel’s king is not unusual, but it is typical of the way God brings about His promises and purposes. Stated concisely, God is not in a hurry. God has all the time in the world. In fact, God is bigger than time and certainly not limited by time.” -Bob Deffinbaugh
Waiting is easy for no one; I am sure the same held true for David. Too often we have an attitude of “hurry up and wait”. We will find there is always a purpose in waiting on God. In this period of time we find David’s reputation growing stronger, while Saul’s grew weaker. Remember, the battle is ultimately the Lord’s; not ours.
The time period which seemed so long to David was approximately two years. That does not seem so terribly long in the scope of things, but when you have been waiting and waiting so long for God’s promise to come to pass (David’s kingship) and you are dealing with skirmishes and battles indefinitely, things start to wear on you.
Something that David experienced and learned well was the art of “Waiting on the Lord”. It was he who penned words such as these which are key for us too.
* “I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.” -Psalm 27:13-14 (AMP)
* “I pray to God—my life a prayer—and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.” –Psalm 130:5-6 (MSG)
* “Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him;
Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and abandon wrath; do not fret; it leads only to evil. For those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.” -Psalm 37:7-9 (AMP)
We all need to learn that lesson about being still, quiet before the Lord, and waiting on His perfect will in our lives. Sometimes those promises that God has personally made to us take time. Remember, He tends to go about things a little differently than we would. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9 (AMP)
Just as David had to wait on the Lord to bring about His perfect will in his life we too need to patiently wait on God. Just remember this promise that the Apostle Paul shared, “If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!” -2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (MSG)
The battle is the Lord’s! Wait patiently for Him to work His perfect will in your life. He has good things planned for you; trust Him.
Lord, you know how difficult I find waiting. Too often I rush into situations and make a total and complete mess. Forgive me, I pray. Help me to learn to wait on you, your direction and guidance. I know that ultimately the battle is yours; not mine. I want to trust you. Help my restless mind, feet and heart wait patiently on you.