1 Samuel / chapter 26 (read the chapter)
David was God’s anointed man for king. The problem? There was already another man in that position. The “logical” thing for David to do would have been to figure out how to get Saul off the throne. After all, as long as Saul was still king, David couldn’t assume his rightful position as God’s anointed. And I wonder what thoughts and emotions must have run through David’s mind as the saga with Saul dragged on and on and on.
That’s why it was so refreshing to hear David’s reply to Abishai (who had offered to kill Saul for him): “‘Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? As surely as the Lord lives,’ he said, ‘the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.’” (vs 9-11)
David knew something about God that we need to remember. He will take care of us. If He has laid out a plan for our lives, we don’t have to go around figuring out how to make it happen. God will work things out in His time and in His own way. So often, I think we derail God’s best plans for us because we’re trying to do His job.
I admire David for not doing God’s job. I admire him for trusting God to do what He said He was going to do and not getting impatient when it didn’t happen immediately.
God has plans for us, and He also knows the best timing of those plans. Trust God to take care of you. Trust Him to do what He said He’s going to do in your life. Even if it looks like things will never change; even if it looks like those plans will never come to pass, trust God with the business of your life. He will take care of things for you (and better than you could ever do it for yourself).