If you have spent any amount of time near the church or any Bible-centric programming you no doubt are familiar with the story of a young shepherd boy who would one day become king. David was the youngest of eight sons who, despite insignificance in the eyes of the law and man, was handpicked by God to become king.
David was chosen by God to be the king of Israel; he was in the eyes of the LORD the rightful ruler of God’s people and kingdom. David was destined for greatness, destined to become the greatest ruler the kingdom of Israel would ever know…and he had to wait some fifteen years until he could fulfill his divine calling.
David was destined for greatness, destined to become the greatest ruler the kingdom of Israel would ever know…and he had to wait some fifteen years until he could fulfill his divine calling.
Fifteen years. Think about the length of such time. Think about all that has happened in your life in the past fifteen years. Think about waiting for fifteen years to achieve the one thing you felt called to do above all else.
Those fifteen years, for David, were lived mostly as a fugitive, running from Saul the current king, a man who was fueled by the sole goal of seeing David killed. Fifteen years of being marked as an insurrectionist and traitor. Fifteen years of fearing for his own life and the lives of his family. Fifteen years of hiding, moving from place to place, not being able to stay anywhere too long in case he was discovered and killed. Years where David felt safer and more comfortable in the homes of Israel’s sworn enemies, the Philistines, than he did in the homes of the people he was called to lead. Fifteen years wondering if he indeed would ever become king, wondering if he had actually been called, wondering what God was doing. David shows us that a life of faith is oftentimes a life of waiting.
David shows us that a life of faith is oftentimes a life of waiting.
There will be seasons in our lives where we find ourselves in times of waiting located, just like David, in the land of the in-between. In this place we may know that God has ultimately called us to something different, something greater, than our current situation, but our call in these times is not to leave the land of in-between, but to be faithful and wait upon the Lord. It is in these moments of faithful waiting that we demonstrate our dependency upon God, trusting in His timing and will above our own.
There were multiple times during David’s fifteen years of waiting that he had opportunities to kill Saul and take what God had anointed him for. However, David resisted the temptation to do so and waited on God’s timing instead. Had David taken charge he may never have become the king or the man that God had called him to be.
It is in these moments of faithful waiting that we demonstrate our dependency upon God, trusting in His timing and will above our own.
In our seasons of waiting we will have similar moments, moments where we can take charge and attempt to do things our way. Or, we can continue to wait on God, trust in Him, and demonstrate to those around us that a life of faith is oftentimes a life of waiting.
Many years after his time in the land of in-between, David wrote these words:
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,
And He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
Out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
And steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
A hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what He has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the LORD.
When we find ourselves in the land of in-between, may we be like David and wait patiently for God allowing our lives to point and glorify that which is far greater than we could hope or imagine.