Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wait for God to promote you

TODAY'S SPECIAL: 2 Samuel 5:1-12

TO CHEW ON: "So David went on and became great, and the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him." 2 Samuel 5:10

David was 30 years old when he finally became king. We don't know how old he was when Samuel first anointed him  — 10, maybe 15 ? So it took 15-20 years for something that began when he was just a kid to finally became reality in his life.

Those years were no stroll in the park. During that whole time he was in training.

  • He learned to lead.
That was what he'd need to be good at as a king and his apprenticeship was a long one. It began on the Judean hills as he led a flock of sheep. His unusual bravery in the Goliath incident led to a celebration chant (among the women no less) that sparked jealousy in Saul and began years of exile for David. But even when he was on-the-run and living in caves and the desert, he never lacked a following. The fact that his followers were losers and malcontents meant his leadership training was rigorous and challenging to say the least.

  • He learned to trust God.
Psalm 34: "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears,
         And delivers them out of all their troubles." (vs. 17)
Psalm 52: "But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever." (vs.8)
and Psalm 54: "Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is with those who uphold my life." (vs. 4)

 were all written during his years of exile.

  • He learned to live by principle and not self-interest.
Very early in his life it seems he had made at least one firm determination: to respect God's revealed will and order. He knew that God had chosen Saul as king over Israel. Thus he refused to take advantage of Saul's vulnerability on at least two occasions when he could have killed Saul and snatched the kingdom for himself (1 Samuel 24:4-7 and 1 Samuel 26:9-12): "The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD’s anointed."

In today's reading we have the story, finally, of the end of David's training. It culminated in his coronation, a kingship recognized not only by his fellow citizens, but internationally (vs. 11-12).

Do you have a similar sense of God's call on your life? Perhaps you have known for years that you have a role to play in God's kingdom that hasn't yet been realized. Let David be your role model as you:

1. Get trained in the area you need training. David needed to know how to be a leader. Maybe you'll need to know how to teach, or extend mercy, or give generously. Whatever it is, be faithful in small things, and God will entrust you with bigger ones.

2. Build up your faith muscles. Learn to trust God in the everyday challenges that come your way. Because it's a sure thing that when you are elevated to a position of more responsibility, you will need all the faith and trust you have developed.

3. Wait for God promote you.  Resist the temptation to take matters into your own hands. "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up" ["... and make your lives significant" - Amplified] James 4:10.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for David who modeled patience and waiting for Your time to realize the fulfillment of his destiny. Help me to follow his example of faithfulness and patience. Amen.

MORE: More wisdom about God's ways (from Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the will of God - Workbook)"

"If God has a great task for you, He will expand your character to match that assignment." p. 47.

"God will accomplish more in six months through a people yielded to Him than we could in 60 years without Him." p. 37

"Don't just do something. Stand there!" p. 19

Do your 8-12-year-olds have daily devotions? Point them to Bible Drive-Thru.


  1. Violet, your post today encouraged me. I've been waiting in one particular area, and had begun wondering how I'd know when it was time to act. I'll stick with learning and training until He gives the nudge.

    Thanks for your faithfulness with these daily posts, and I hope they're blessing many.

  2. Thanks, Janet! This was a study I needed to do for myself. It's so challenging to wait for God, especially in this culture that encourages us to promote and market ourselves.

    Thanks for your encouragement. I can't believe it's almost a year since I began these daily posts. The time has sped by!


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