Wait Your Turn
2 Samuel 15:1-12
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One of the main challenges of the human race is waiting. Go to the bus station or even the airport and observe how many people want to jump to the front when they see a long line ahead of them. In meetings, everyone is itching to talk at the same time. It’s like what the other guy is saying is not important enough, so I must interrupt and say my mind. You need to watch parliament meetings where opposition parties are debating government plans and actions meant to serve the people. The speaker often needs to stop everyone and call the house to order so they can hear what each person is saying.
The inability to wait is not only at the elementary levels described above. In families, one of the types of crimes we see often is children not waiting for their parents to expire before they take possession of their parents’ net worth. Some would hire their friends to kill their parents, not knowing that they will always be caught and the crimes they committed will end up destroying their own lives.
In politics, this is perhaps more apparent as party members are negotiating and fighting for positions all the time. We can observe the same behavior in churches, offices, schools, communities, and other human groups where people become very impatient and look for means of obtaining things they are yet to qualify for.
In 2 Samuel, the Bible speaks of Absalom as the most handsome of all David’s sons. He was said to be charismatic and well respected, riding on a special chariot and having 50 men go before him. He must have misinterpreted his privileged position to mean that he could seize power from his father before his death. He spoke in very kind language to those who brought cases before the king, letting them know that they would receive justice if he were the king. Having sufficiently nursed this evil plan, Absalom deceived his father that he was going to Hebron to fulfil a vow to the Lord, but he went there and declared himself king. In 2 Samuel 15:10-11, the Bible says:
Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’” Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter.
Absalom did not care that his father was anointed by God to be the king of Israel and not by usurping power from Saul. In the end, God defended David and helped him to hold unto power while Absalom was killed in battle.
There is a place God has earmarked for you to reach at the time He has planned that you will get there. God wanted to use Moses in an unprecedented way to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt, but He did not cut short his sojourn in Midian and wonderings in the wilderness after killing an Egyptian man. He spent 40 years roaming about before God called him. David was anointed king by Samuel, but it took him more than a decade later before he actually became king. David did not take a short cut.
If God has planned that you will be a pastor or evangelist or elder in the church, you will be what He says you will be. If He has planned that you will be wealthy or a political or economic leader in some future time, rest assured that you will get there and even a million obstacles cannot prevent you from reaching that height. If you force your way through without following God’s plans, how would He back you up and ensure your success?
Don’t manipulate your ways into obtaining an inheritance that is not yours or is not ready for you yet. The prodigal son was very lucky but don’t expect to be as lucky if you disregard God’s plans. Those who kill their parents are always caught and their lives ruined. Don’t kill your spouse because of money. Those who do this are always caught and their lives destroyed. Pray for God to grant you patience to wait your turn. When that turn comes, you will be celebrated and respected. The blessing of God makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22). Yours will come, and there will be not sorrow attached in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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