Don’t assume God’s guidance will open an easy path

 Don’t assume God’s guidance will open an easy path February 18, 2015

 

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Sometimes we can be so familiar with a story that we miss crucial details. As we get to 2 Samuel 2 most of us know what is coming: King Saul is dead, the age of King David has begun. And yet the transition is far from being that straightforward.

David inquires of God what he should do. In response to God’s reply he moves to Hebron. Judea immediately embraces him as king. David reaches out with magnimity to those who buried Saul. You might think that the reign of King David over the whole nation of Israel would begin immediately.

Yet Saul’s house is not quite over. A son of the fallen Saul is installed as king over the rest of Israel. And so begins a split that, although reunited during the days of David and Solomon, would lead to a painful division in God’s people right up until the time of Jesus and beyond. The heirs of those who followed Saul would eventually be scattered, with some known as the Samaritans before vanishing into history, while rumors of “Lost Tribes” of Israel crop up as far afield as Africa.

God had called David to be king years ago. He had apparently confirmed that call by telling him to go back to Judea. Often we assume that if God has called us to a task the way will easily open up. This is not always the case. We will frequently find ourselves being tested, and delays are par for the course. God’s delays are often part of his preparation of our hearts for what is coming. The story of David shows us that God doesn’t choose to use perfect people. Like David we may need to learn patience as step-by-step we see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives.

King David received only part of his promise at first. There is no record of him being frustrated by this. One could criticize him for taking something of a back seat while a cruel civil war between brothers begins.  David perhaps didn’t want to join the battle to push himself forward as the king, and perhaps he didn’t want to fight his fellow Israelites. But neither did he at the beginning try to restrain it. David seems to abdicate his leadership, and this will come back to bite him in the very next chapter.

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  • Dan Lane

    What I have seen throughout my life is God calls us to do different roles as we live our life. He called David to be a shepherd boy, then to be the warrior who slew a giant, then to live for years as a fugitive and finally as the king.

    How many people have we seen who have done total career changes that no one would expect? One pastor I know of a small church in Georgia was a house painter, but he was also an alcoholic and cocaine addict. One morning about 18 years ago, God woke him up and told him he was done with the addictions and he was to become a pastor. He is still a house painter, but one who has been leading people to Jesus in his small but growing church.

    We need to be ready when God taps us on the shoulder and asks us to take on a role. David was and look where he ended up.

  • Adam

    As I have seen throughout reading the bible and experiences within my
    own life how they are closely connect, weather it is through my Jewish
    genes, my faith in Jesus, or both. I do know that like David, God has
    presented revelation after revelations to me, albeit it is over time
    from a couple of day to multiple years and yet a weakness of mine that
    is patience is becoming a strength of mine. In addition, how Joseph and
    David had to wait for their calling, allowing time for God to prepare
    us for what is to come, not only do I have preserve through with
    patience. It is amazing how we are enthusiastic by the things of the
    world the power, authority, statue, and ext., but none of the things of
    the earth last forever, we see that a new heaven and new earth will
    arrive in Rev. 21:1.

  • Guest

    As I have seen throughout reading the bible and experiences within my
    own life how they are closely connect, weather it is through my Jewish
    genes, my faith in Jesus, or both. I do know that like David, God has
    presented revelation after revelations to me, albeit it is over time
    from a couple of day to multiple years and yet a weakness of mine that
    is patience is becoming a strength of mine. In addition, how Joseph and
    David had to wait for their calling, allowing time for God to prepare
    us for what is to come, not only do I have preserve through with
    patience. It is amazing how we are enthusiastic by the things of the
    world the power, authority, statue, and ext., but none of the things of
    the earth last forever, we see that a new heaven and new earth will
    arrive in Rev. 21:1.