And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’ 2 Samuel 5:2
Some time had passed since king Saul had died and though David had been promised the throne there were still no signs of how or when that would take place. David talks to God, “I know you promised the throne but I still don’t see how or when. What should I do, where should I go?” David receives direction from God but not the clarity for the big picture he is probably most wondering about. David knows to go to Hebron and goes faithfully; eventually he is anointed king over Judah, but what about Israel God?
David continues (despite the lack of his futures clarity) to walk closely with God allowing Him to continue to grow him and his heart more like Gods. David’s desires, decisions and choices are aligning with Gods everyday. Unbeknownst to David, the very things that may seem insignificant, unrelated to his biggest life question or common place in his world, are the very things God is using to equip and move David along in His master plan!
Fast forward through:
-the move to Hebron
-David anointed over Judah not Israel
-Israel and Judah fighting each other (yet God is on Davids/Judah’s side: Judah lost 19 where Israel lost 360 men in that battle- evidence that even in the uncertainty of his future God’s presence with Him was certain.)
-One of the 19 killed in that battle was Asahel, Davids nephew and brother of Joab, Davids army commander.
-Abner, the commander of the late Saul’s army is accused of being disloyal by Ish-Bosheth, Saul’s son, which drives Abner to rally Israel to Davids side. (Do we see God moving even without Davids “help”.)
-David chooses to accept Abner but Joab does not and decides to kill Abner in revenge for his late brother Asahels death.
-The way David laments over the wrongful death of Abner wins peoples respect. (David behaves as a man of God because he has continued to walk with Him.)
-Ish-Bosheth looses courage when he learns of Abners death and so Israel freaks out and two of his army raiders, Baanah and Recab, behead Ish and take it to David.
-David is not pleased with Baanah and Recab as they had hoped and has them disposed of because of their lack of reverence for God’s chosen.
Soooooo after all those events of life David is now respected by all Judah and Israel and Israel too anoints David as king! Who would have thought that God would have been on the move through all those events bring about the accomplishment of His master plan and making good on all the promises He had made to David long ago! What promises can we trust Him for when we can’t see clearly the big picture plan for our future?
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Job 42:2 I know that you can do all things; no purpose of your can be thwarted.
Isaiah 14:27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
When I don’t know what to do, seek Him. When direction is not completely clear, seek Him even more, even more than I seek what to do or what He can do for me. As I allow Him to work out more of who He is in me, conforming me to His likeness, I think in the end I’ll find He was moving me all along in the direction that would fulfill His good purpose for my life just like He did for David. Trust Him who is faithful and good.
Independent Read: Psalm 139, 2 Cor. 5:7