A Path of Patience

by Dave Jackson

Do you want God’s best for your life? It’s too bad that a lot of people don’t receive God’s blessings because they aren’t willing to wait for His timing. Scripture tells us plainly that Christians should be patient.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded”]1 Samuel 24:3-7
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave. 4 The men of David said to him, “Behold, this is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.’” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly. 5 It came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe. 6 So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD’S anointed.” 7 David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on his way.

1 Samuel 26:8-11
8 Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hand; now therefore, please let me strike him with the spear to the ground with one stroke, and I will not strike him the second time.” 9 But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against the LORD’S anointed and be without guilt?” 10 David also said, “As the LORD lives, surely the LORD will strike him, or his day will come that he dies, or he will go down into battle and perish. 11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD’S anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go.”[/box]

I don’t know about you, but it would take a lot of strength to be as patient as David was in the scripture there. I mean, wow – he could have used violence, which was very common in the day. King Saul was a jerk and was so envious of everything David did that his plan was to kill David!

And twice when King Saul was hot in pursuit after him to put an end to him, David was SO close to Saul and could have easily defended himself. But you know what? Both times he chose to wait for God’s timing. David was wise to not take matters into his own hands even though doing away with this ugly old man would have been a ton of relief.

It’s a good thing that David was so patient. But how come he was SO patient and you and I are sometimes…not so patient? What did he have going for himself that we may not? First, David had strong faith – he didn’t doubt that God would get the victory at the right time and the right method. Secondly, he had the right values – killing a king would violate his conscience. Third, a discerning spirit (and I truly believe David prayed that God give him a spirit of discernment and not just empowerment) – this helped him realize that doing this to someone would be stepping out of God’s will. Fourth and finally, personal strength figured in.

Think how easy it would be to take action and have freedom and quite possibly the kingdom? But David didn’t take that path.

patienceI thought I had a lot of patience. I really did. Ask anyone in my family. They would probably tell you I am the most patient person on the planet. And maybe I have more than most, but my patience has been refined in recent happenings in my life.

My vow is to be patient and trust God when I’m frustrated with the waiting and so tempted to act outside of His will. I claim Isaiah 40:31 – those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength!!

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Tom Waterman August 15, 2011 - 8:12 am

This has to be the hardest topic for any Christian going through a struggle. For me it is a daily battle because I look at my circumstances and ask what can I do to fix the problem. The better question is God how can you help me with this? It’s hard.

Dave Jackson August 15, 2011 - 8:20 am

Yes, Tom, that’s it in a nutshell. God wants us to become totally dependent on Him. He will even draw back when you take over and many times in my life I’ve found I have to start the process over. The whole deal about patience is that this is how faith is created. If we have real faith in His solution, we’ll leave it alone and let Him take care of it His way.


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