What did you dream about becoming when you grew up? A firefighter or a police officer, a doctor, or an astronaut perhaps. When David was a child, he was anointed and told that he would grow up to be king! I don’t know about you, but that was never on my list of career choices. If someone would have told me what I would grow up to do, and if it was something as important as being king, I don’t think I would have been able to wait. But wait is exactly what David did. Not only did he wait patiently for his turn to be king, but he was employed by his current king, Saul.
According to the laws of his time the first-born son was to be next in line to the throne, which wasn’t David. David was best friends with Jonathan, Saul’s first-born son, which means for David to be king Jonathan would be dead. What a blow! Knowing he had been anointed to be the future king over his best friend and that Jonathan and all his brothers would be dead for that to happen. That’s a harsh sentence. That time came about 15 years later with the death of the king and all his sons. David lamented for them.
In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The Lord said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered. So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns. Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.2 Samuel 2:1-4a
As we talk about patience this month, David is another great example. He was given a promise that may have looked impossible and even improbable, but as we know, nothing is impossible with the Lord. It may be hard to wait right now, but in the end God’s plans are always the best.