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In His Time
2 Samuel 2:1-7
"Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of the Lord, saying,
'Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?' And the Lord said to him,
'Go up.' So David said, 'Where shall I go up?' And He said, 'To Hebron.'
 So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess
and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.  And David brought up
his men who were with him, each with his household; and they lived in the
cities of Hebron.  Then the men of Judah came and there anointed David
king over the house of Judah.
And they told David, saying, 'It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried
Saul.'  And David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said
to them, 'May you be blessed of the Lord because you have shown this kindness
to Saul your lord, and have buried him.  'And now may the Lord show
lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to
you, because you have done this thing.  'Now therefore, let your hands
be strong, and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house
of Judah has anointed me king over them.'" (NASB)
Have you ever wondered why Christmas Eve goes by so slow and Christmas
Day goes by so fast? For me, I've noticed that anticipation elongates time.
Looking forward, time crawls; looking back it runs. As David walks into
his destiny, I suppose it would be easy for him to look back at the day
Samuel took a horn of oil and anointed him as king when he was a young
man as if it were yesterday. But it wasn't. David had lived a lot of life
since he lived in his father's home and tended to his sheep. He wasn't
the same innocent boy who went to the battlefield to check on his brothers.
Now he was a seasoned warrior. The battle against Goliath propelled him
into prominence in Saul's military and among the general population. One
opportunity led to another until David was among the most popular figures
in the land. The time between his anointings may have seemed to have flown
by quickly looking backward, but I'm sure it crawled by a snail's pace
as he waited for Samuel's anointing to be confirmed by the men of Judah.
We often speak of the patience of Job, perhaps we should pause this
morning and reflect about the patience of David. I am amazed at his willingness
to wait on the Lord to give him the throne in God's time. Maybe it is my
own impatience when it comes to waiting, but I am amazed that David could
be so patient with God. I'm afraid that I would have been tempted to take
matters into my own hands-I'm not sure I could have turned down the opportunities
David had to strike Saul down. David was firm in his belief that no one
should raise his hand against God's anointed. Not him. Not anybody else.
He took God's anointing very seriously. David had the Amalekite killed
who assisted Saul in his suicide and in our text today, rewarded the men
who buried him after he died.
Whenever we speak of patience, we usually acknowledge that it is an
important virtue. A Dutch proverb says, "An ounce of patience is worth
a pound of brains" We also note that it is a necessary ingredient for success,
American humorist and essayist Arnold Glasow, said: "The key to everything
is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg -- not by smashing
But I believe patience is more than those things, I believe it is the
essence of living by faith. Think about the evil we unleash on society
because of our impatience in general. From traffic accidents to people
who steal from others because they won't take the time to or exert the
energy to work for the thing they want. Think about the suffering unwanted
pregnancies have caused because a couple couldn't wait for marriage to
have sex. Or the number of people who have placed themselves in plastic
prison because they couldn't say no to an impulse and have racked up huge
Are we agreed that if people were more patient, life in general would
be better? The issue though is deeper than this surface analysis. The truth
is, the lack of patience in our Christian walk keeps us from being the
world changers we've been recreated to be. Isaiah 40:31 says, "But they
that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint." (KJV)
Waiting upon the Lord and trusting in His timing is more than a virtue,
it is the essence of faith. David demonstrated great patience yes, but
more than that he showed tremendous faith in waiting upon the Lord and
trusting in His timing. In Psalm 37:1-11, King David wrote, "Do not fret
because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.  For they will
wither quickly like the grass, And fade like the green herb.  Trust
in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your
heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will
do it.  And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, And
your judgment as the noonday.  Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for
Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the
man who carries out wicked schemes.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing.  For evildoers will be cut
off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. 
Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look
carefully for his place, and he will not be there.  But the humble
will inherit the land, And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
This Psalm emits a delightful fragrance of experience. In verse 1 David
says don't fret-would you agree with me that David didn't worry over Saul's
evil treatment of him, but instead waited for him to "wither away?" He
advises his readers to trust in the Lord in verse 3, exactly what he chose
to do when he had the opportunity on two different occasions to kill Saul.
In verse 4, he promises that God will give us the desires of our heart,
exactly what God is doing for David when the men of Judah anointed him
King. Again in verse 5 he tells us to trust in the Lord. In verse 6 he
says our righteousness will shine like the light.
He concludes his thought by advising us to rest in the Lord and not
worry, because if we worry and try to take matters into our own hands we
will end up doing evil. He promises that the evil workers will perish and
that the humble will inherit the land and live in the delight of God's
Notice how his promise parallels Jesus' promise in Matthew 5:5 "Blessed
are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (NASB)
In retrospect, David would do the same thing if he had it to do over
again-he would wait on the Lord and trust totally in Him. And he is advising
us to do the same.
How about you? How patient are you? On a surface level, I suppose that
question has relevance. How patient are you with annoying people? Are you
patient when you are in a hurry? Or do you have the ability to delay gratification?
But really, I want to ask that question at a deeper level, do you have
the patience to wait on God's timing?
In his book, "In Search of Morality … Living a Fulfilled Life from the
Inside Out." Robert A. Schuller writes, "It may increase your patience
to realize that every minute you have is another gift from God. The minute
you are living through right now is a gift from God. So when God tells
you to wait for Him, He is perfectly within His rights. He is asking you
to give back to Him what He has already given to you."
We are only impatient if we think time belongs to us, but when we know
it belongs to God, we have the capacity to be patient. Are you willing
to trust in him when you are living in the middle of the story, or do you
want to fast forward to the end? Do you want to skip the struggle to get
to the resolution, or even in the struggle are you content to trust in
God, letting the unseen faith anchor you during troubling times?
The author of Hebrews put it this way, "Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
Are you a person of substance who can depend on the unseen, or are you
a shallow living Christian who must have resolution to all of live's struggles?
God is the same God in the beginning of the promise, during the struggle
and when He gives you the desire of your heart. God is good-all the time.
And all the time, God is good. Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the
same yesterday and today and forever."
And that you can depend on. God's will will be done. In His time.