In the Bible, we read where God promised Abraham a son. Genesis 16:19 – KJV, “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” Abraham was beyond ninety five years old and Sarah was ninety when they had their covenant son, Isaac. Abraham was old, too, when Hagar bore Ishmael. Talk about waiting — wow!
David was anointed king years before he performed in the role. He experienced challenges while he waited, challenges that included King Saul, who became his ardent rival. Saul was in hot pursuit of him. At one point, David hid from Saul’s relentless onslaughts. Saul’s son Jonathan befriended his father’s enemy, David, while David waited for change to come.
David had opportunity to slay Saul but he spared his life because David declared to him in I Samuel 24: 10 – KJV, “Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lord had delivered thee today into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord: for he is the Lord’s anointed.” How loving and noble of David to love and honor Saul, despite Saul’s pursuit of him. David held respect for Saul and his anointed status regardless of his enemy’s treatment towards him. That honorable conduct is immense in impressiveness.
No, David’s wait wasn’t pleasant but God rewarded his actions. We later read in scripture these words from God about David in Acts 13:22 – KJV, “. . . I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” Wow! What a tribute!
Indeed, it’s our choice as to how we wait. Of course, the ideal is for us to choose trust in the Lord with attitudes of gratitude.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 – KJV
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.