By Yodit Kifle
His name was David — a young ruddy boy who tended his father’s sheep. When none of his seven brothers passed the Lord’s examination through Samuel to be the next king over Judah, David was called out from the field where he was diligently working. Little did he know what was about to take place would mark him for the rest of his life. The Lord had found favor in David and told Samuel to anoint him.
David had been chosen. Oil of consecration was poured over his head and scripture says, “The spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13). So there it was, a promise had been given to David. He had single-handedly been picked out. I can’t imagine what he felt to be chosen amongst his brothers and to know this promise and anointing was put on his life. I’m sure he couldn’t wait to walk in it. I’m sure he thought it would manifest the next day. But we all know that wasn’t the case. Surprisingly, David didn’t become king until about 15 years after Samuel anointed him. But when it was time for him to be king, it was time. Nothing could have stopped what God had ordained for him.
Most of us struggle with the waiting process of a promise we believe God has given us. The moment God lays a promise on our hearts or has a promise spoken over us, we think the next step is to walk in it. Then I read the story of David and I realized that isn’t the case.
David’s story shows me it’s not the length of time between when a promise is given and when it manifests that shows God’s goodness or our faithfulness. It’s the journey taken in that time that reveals His good plan and our obedience.
You see, the very next day after David was anointed, he went back to tending sheep. What a humbling experience. You would have thought he would have been carried off on a chariot and placed in a palace. But no, this was just the beginning of a long road ahead for David that would test every bit of fiber in his body and reveal every bit of God’s sovereignty over his life.
There are many of us who know the calling on our lives. We know the promises of God that re-energizes our spirits: plans to prosper and not to harm us; desires of our heart when we delight in Him; our ashes for His beauty; every tear to be wiped; His peace that passes all understanding.
His promises are endless. Yet, there is this moment of recognition when we hear of His promises but have not found ourselves walking in them. And so we ask why? Why God did you show me this promise and why have I not seen it come to pass? Why God did you tell me you would give me the desires of my heart if I seek you and none of my desires have come to pass? Why?
I’ve learned that it’s the journey that confirms your promise. David didn’t reach his promise without a fight that qualified and confirmed his ability to walk effectively in that promise to become king.
He experienced hardship after hardship. Failure after failure. Attack after attack. Yet, all of these things confirmed God’s promise to David.
Saul, the king whom David would come to replace, first loved David and then because of jealousy, wanted to kill him. David was running for his life half the time in his journey. His character and integrity were tested when he had an opportunity to kill Saul but he let him go.
David never lost sight of the promise so he never lost sight of the purpose behind the hardships.
God never calls us into a promise without testing our character and faithfulness. He never gives us more than we can handle so the experiences we encounter are to show us that He wants to build us up to handle what He has in store for us.
To be king over a nation is not a simple task. David would have never been the amazing king he was unless he had gone through every hardship that came his way. The fight against Goliath wasn’t by accident. The discord between him and Saul wasn’t by accident. The friendship he gained in Jonathan wasn’t by accident. God doesn’t work by accidents.
And here is what made David different. He resolved it in his heart to see God’s hand in every situation. He knew the protection of God was on His life because he was given a promise. Now he knew he had to go through preparation.
You may be going through a period now where you are asking God why the wait? When is this promise going to be fulfilled? When are my desires going to come to pass? But here is God telling us through David’s life that every hardship is not without purpose. The challenges you face…the friendships you lose…yet the friendships you gain…the disappointments and discouragements you feel, they all have their place. We can’t let this journey to the fulfillment of our promise be spent in vanity. God is reminding us that He is just setting up the stage so when its time, it’s time, and you will know.
Everything you endured will have been what you needed to walk in that promise.
I look at my own life and have come to recognize the truth of this lesson. When the time came for me to walk in what God had ordained for me, it didn’t come a second too late. This is how detail-oriented God is in our lives. So I encourage you as always, don’t spend this time of waiting in vain. Learn to see His hand through it all.
His promise will always need preparation. But trust that it will never come without His protection. Stay encouraged because when it’s time…it’s time! Nothing will stand in the way. He’s not a man that He should lie. Now the question is, will you be ready?
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Yodit Kifle is a young woman passionate about God and the things of God. She started a ministry called WITHIN — www.thewithingroup.ning.com — focused on connecting young women to embrace sisterhood and encouraging them to become all that they are called to be.
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