TRUST – a: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b: one in which confidence is placed. ~ From Merriam-Webster
When trust is present in a relationship the blessings and benefits are enormous. Conversely, few things bring as much heartache and disappointment as the lack of trust.
God knows both.
Given all that they had been through with God, the nation of Israel should have had no trouble in trusting Him. But they still wanted an earthly leader, a king like all the other nations.
Their first king – Saul – was tall and handsome and strong and flawed! He was almost completely committed to following God’s directives, but almost doesn’t cut it. On more than one occasion he disobeyed God.
So God withdrew His favor from Saul and sent Samuel to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king. Of Jesse’s eight sons, David was the youngest and wasn’t even brought in from the pasture when Samuel first arrived.
If Saul was the pick of the litter, David was the runt. From our Lower Story perspective David was not a likely choice to be the next king of Israel, but God saw things differently from His Upper Story perspective.
“…the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
David was just 16 years old when he was anointed to be the king of Israel, but it would be another 14 years before he was installed as king.
David not only had to wait 14 years to be king but spent most of that time avoiding Saul’s attempts to kill him!
Why would God do this to David?
Because God can only use us to accomplish His kingdom purposes to the degree that we trust Him. And waiting on God pushes us to either abandon Him or trust Him more.
“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” ~ Isaiah 40:31
If you’re struggling through a season of trying to survive and stay alive, take heart. God has not abandoned you but is stretching you to trust Him more.
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.