Day 125: Timing is everything (1 Chronicles 9-11)

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Deja vu! Already having gone through 1 and 2 Samuel, I kind of thought it would feel like rehash reading through 1 Chronicles 10 and on! It covers much of the same as the former books, but God always has something to teach, even in this reptition. Besides, whoever said repetition was a bad thing when it comes to Scripture?

If you’ll recall back in the story of David’s rise to power in Israel, the prophet Samuel anointed him king during the reign of Saul. Many times throughout Saul’s reign, David had the opportunity strike him down, to assassinate the king, and claim the throne he was destined to call his own. But, instead of giving in to his need for control, jumping on the opportunity, and rushing into it, he let God take care of the timing, and sure enough, in the end, Saul would get what was rightfully his, and David is blessed for trusting in God.

I often think when I read that, “How would I respond?” Would I jump on the opportunity? Besides, God has already promised me the kingdom! Who’s to say that this isn’t His plan to fulfill my destiny? David showed great restraint in holding back and leaving the kingship questions to God. He knew that God’s timing was of greater importance than his own, a key concept to understand for any Christian.

Isn’t it funny how God’s timing pretty much never matches up with our own? In general, we are impatient, anxious and quick to give up when things aren’t going our way. It’s easy to say, “God’s plan is God’s plan,” but how easy is it to truly believe? We all say that we live by it, but truly, aren’t there times you wish God would just reveal everything He had for you? Times that you long for clear, concise answers? It can be a frustrating thing to deal with, but David is a great example of how to surrender your own goals to God and let Him rule in your life completely. David trusted that God would fulfill His promise without David’s direct interference. And He came through. Surprise, surprise!

Maybe I can take a page out of David’s book. Maybe I should quit being so concerned about my own version of the future and pray that God would fulfill His plan in my life, that I may take a step back and listen to the plans He has for me. They may differ from my own plans, but isn’t that the point of surrender? To put down everything I am at the foot of the cross, submit to His will and live according to His plan? It’s easy to say now, but something tells me that doing it will be a whole lot more difficult!

God’s timing may be frustrating, long, arduous and hard to bear – but the consequences of taking our fate in our own hands are much worse! Submit to the LORD, give up your burdens, live by God’s clock. It may require more patience, but the blessings that will result are well worth the wait.

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