Updated: Jul 27, 2020
In my morning Bible reading, I am in the book of 1 Samuel learning about David and Saul. David was chosen to be king after Saul. But the wait to become king was very long. (15 to 20 years)
Saul knew David was to become the next king. Saul felt very threatened by David. Saul spent years trying to find David and kill him. David spent those years running from Saul.
God gives David the opportunity to kill Saul, but he does not. Saul stops trying to kill him for a bit, until that fear builds up again. Then Saul starts to search for David again. This cycle continues, but David never kills Saul even with many opportunities.
In the end, David becomes king. David knew the outcome. God had told David many years ago. He knew he was to be king. He waited. He waited on God's timing.
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What is interesting to me is that so many years go by with the same old thing happening. I immediately think of the things I have (not so) patiently waited on from God. Will I continue to be patient like David? Will I listen for God's instruction instead of trying to do it myself?
David could have killed Saul in several different opportunities and ended all the running. He could have become king much sooner. Life could have been better. Or would it have been?
If David would have killed Saul earlier and disobeyed God, things would have been different. David would not have learned the lessons he did during this time. No matter how hard the struggle, David waited. He waited on God.
One of David's Psalms....
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. b 5 Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened c — burnt offerings and sin offerings d you did not require. 7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. e 8 I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me.
14 May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”
17 But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.
This is for you mama. No matter how long your road, continue to do what God has for you. Keep trying, keep pushing. Do what you know is in your heart.
God has big plans for you. As you practice walking and using your right arm, know that God is with you. Do not fear the path that he has for you. Do not fear when you put one foot in front of the other. *Have Faith Like David*
David fought Goliath and all the other "giants" or those against him. You have big giants ahead of you. But you are God's child. You are capable of all the things God has for you.
Go and do all the things. Keep trying and waiting on God's timing. We all know His timing and plan is perfect.
Although this is titled Scripture for Mama, it's for me, for you, and anyone that needs to hear this today. Mama is still recovering from a massive stroke last March 2019. Every day is a hard day's work as she continues to grow strong. We know her true strength comes from heaven above. God is in control.