I’ve waited for a lot of things in my life. I’ve waited for the bus, waited to check out at the store, waited to be seated at my favorite restaurant… I’ve also waited for anxiety to go away. I’ve waited for the things God has promised He would do in my life to be fulfilled. I’ve waited for my family to be whole again after life-altering altercations. And I know that in times of waiting, we as people can get impatient. It’s always comedic to me when I’m getting off an airplane and the time comes for everyone to file out of the cabin. The moment, no - the second - the seatbelt sign turns off, there are many who stand up immediately (half-way, of course, as they try not to bump their heads on the overhead bins) and wait for the line to start moving. I watch as irritation and anger rise in those standing. Sighs echo through the airplane; eye-rolls abound. None of which makes the line proceed any faster. And I watch as those who waited in frustration exit the plane at the same time as those who waited sitting down with a smile, enjoying the last few moments of being seated with the person next to them.
Recently I was reading 1 Kings Chapter 1. King David is nearing the end of his life, and it seems that everyone around him is preparing for the death of the king. Some in good ways, and others, not so good. As David is on bed-rest, one of his sons, Adonaijah, “exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”” (1 Kings 1:5). He gets chariots, horses and men together, confers with people in notable positions and receives their support (including a priest), all without David knowing.
Alarms go off in her mind when Bathsheba, David’s wife, finds out. David had promised that her son, Solomon, would be king after him. So she and the prophet Nathan appear to David to notify him of what was going on. When David is told that Adonaijah had tried to make himself king, he responds simply with “As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, just as I swore to you by the LORD God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so I certainly will do this day” (1 Kings 1:29-30). He then orders for his servants to place Solomon on his own mule, have him be anointed as the rightful king of Israel, and blow the horns, saying “Long live King Solomon!” (v. 34). Solomon would then be the legally appointed king and sit on David’s throne, just as it was promised.
Reading this, I saw a man who tried to promote himself without the king’s blessing. But this didn’t affect the king’s plan and purpose of putting his chosen son, Solomon, on the throne like he said he would.
Solomon didn’t strive for his position as king. There’s no mention of him becoming anxious that David’s promise wouldn’t come to pass. But David made him king at just the right time.
This made me think of the times I have gotten worried in the waiting. Admittedly, I have lost my confidence in God’s trustworthiness. Especially when the breakthrough seemed miles away, and I watched as others thrived in the ways I wasn’t. I got caught in the trap of comparison. I felt as though God would never come through for me and wondered why He was helping that person but wasn’t doing it for me, or so I thought. Are they more deserving? Do they have some sort of faith that I don’t have? What is it?
The reality is, these questions revealed to me areas in my life where I wasn’t trusting God. I didn’t trust Him to deliver on His promise, so I started to strive. I started to worry. I started to compare and contrast my life to others or tried to make things happen. All the while God was patiently waiting for me to fix my gaze back on Him rather than myself and my own abilities (or lack thereof). He simply and sweetly reminded me of His presence.
Those of us who have received the gift of salvation through Christ are CHILDREN OF THE KING. We are no longer beggars who live in a reality of scarcity. Our God and King has everything we need, and better yet, He is a God who fulfills His promises. He is worthy of our FULL trust and His Word is true. I often ask myself, “What would my life look like right now if I trusted God 100%?” To me it looks like a little girl whose daddy told her, “I am going to take you to the movies this weekend.” All week she looks forward to her movie date. No matter how long the days feel, or how far away the weekend may be, she reminds herself, “My daddy said he is taking me to the movies this weekend.” And she believes him.
Perhaps if Solomon didn’t lose his mind or get restless when his brother tried to steal the throne promised to him, if Solomon trusted in King David’s promise, we can trust in God to deliver on His promises. We can wait in confidence, joy, even. In the words of Jesus, who of you by worrying can add a single cubit to your stature? (Matt. 6:27). So, we can sit back. We can relax. We can truly REST. We can eat our pretzels and wait patiently and joyfully for our turn to exit the aircraft.
Guest Blogger, Arielle Nicole
Pastor Teresa actively travels throughout the country imparting the Word of God in a candid and refreshing way. Teresa is the host and creator of SisterFriends Cups and Conversations, an Internet Talk Show providing a platform for women to engage. www.newcreationfamilychurch.com to learn more.