David knew for certain that God had anointed him as a seventeen year-old boy to reign over Israel as their king. He sat on that knowledge for about thirteen years (or rather, he ran from Saul on that knowledge) before this day arrives. David learned much about God and about leadership (what not to do) as he watched Saul rule over Israel. David needed to go through thirteen years of running for his own good and personal growth. Not a single day was wasted. Although David had several opportunities to kill King Saul and take the kingdom for himself He refused to act on his own behalf. Since God made the promise it was God's responsibility to fulfill that promise.
Even after Saul's death David waits on the LORD's guidance. God allows David to move to Hebron and the house of Judah anoints him as their king. And he waits for another seven and a half years on God's timing for the next step. One thing David has learned about God: a promise made by God is a promise fulfilled by God.
Finally the tribes of Israel approach David and submit to his leadership and reign. David waits for twenty years for God to fulfill His promise. God doesn't need David's help. God helps those who don't help themselves.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
2 Samuel 2:1-3:5; 1 Chronicles 3:1-4a
- What characterizes the beginning of David's reign?
- Who is Abner and why does he pick a fight with Joab?
- What does Abner begin to understand about his position under Ish-Bosheth?
- How does Joab respond to Abner's defection to King David?
- How does David respond to Abner's death?
- What do Recab and Baanah think the killing of Ish-Bosheth will do for them?
- How does David respond to their news?
- What does the death of Ish-Bosheth do for David?
- How old was David when he becomes king over the consolidated kingdom of Israel?
- What has David learned about God in the past years since Samuel anointed him future king of Israel?
Thank the LORD that He is a faithful promise keeper. Confess areas in your life where you have moved ahead of God or acted in haste. Ask Him to help you to learn to wait on Him and His timing.