Gods Perfect Timing
Do you have someone in your life who you know is struggling with sin and its all you can do not to go absolutely ballistic on them? Someone you love, but who you want to just unleash a verbal assault on?
Of course you do. A son who is drinking or drugging and thinks you don’t know. A daughter who may be less than pure? A church member who is having an affair—but thinks no one knows. We all have or will have difficult situations like these to consider in our lives—and how to handle them.
2 Samuel 11-12:23
David and Bathsheba. You know the story—if not, take a minute and read it. David shirks his responsibilities and stays back from battle to “check out the women”. He sleeps with a married woman, gets her pregnant, devises a plan to cover his tracks, fails, then has her husband killed. He then takes Bathsheba in as his wife playing the great and benevolent king and setting the stage to justify her being pregnant since she is now his wife. Lies, deception, adultery and murder—it doesn’t get any worse especially for God’s chosen.
Switch perspective to Nathan the Prophet. He sees everything that’s happening but can’t stop David from doing what he chooses—he’s a man and he’s the king. Do you think that Nathans not filled with righteous rage? I have to believe he was furious—BUT—he knows he needs to wait on Gods perfect timing. Nothing else will honor the Lord or get His work accomplished.
Think about the massive patience Nathan had to exercise. It was at least 9 months from the time of David’s sin to the time that Nathan “held him accountable”. (2 Sam. 12:1-7) The child was born before Nathan went to David—9 months. Why wait? Why not go to him sooner and “give him a piece of his mind”? Only Gods Holy Spirit can work on a man’s heart. For 9 months, David watched his sin grown as Bathsheba became more and more with child. He literally had to see his sin right before his eyes every day. David was anointed; he had Gods Spirit upon him. Gods Spirit will not let us rest in our sin because He loves us too much for that. By Nathan waiting on the Lord, on His perfect timing, he was able to bring a message at exactly the right time to break David’s heart and bring him to repentance.
So here’s the question—what “David’s” are testing your patience in Gods perfect timing today? Who is “helping” you to become more like Nathan, a man who is willing to wait on the Lord?
Lord, thank you for the tests in my life that would bring me closer to you and teach me the need to wait for You in all things. Amen Steve Schmidt is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a frequent Freedom Fighter Blogger
Quote of the day: It must not be expected that the devil will let those rest who are laboring to destroy his kingdom. —Thomas Watson
Verse to Memorize: My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ears to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. Proverbs 4:20-21 ESV