“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.” (2 Samuel 2:1)
Saul was dead. Israel’s civil war was over. Now, what was David to do? It seemed time for him to take the throne as king. Some could not understand why he had not acted earlier. After all, he had already been anointed as king. But David had learned the importance of waiting for God’s time. So, he acted not when he could have, but “in the course of time.” After seeking God, he moved forward only after receiving His clear direction — at the right time, God’s time.
David’s life was a testimony to the importance of waiting on God, a principle reinforced throughout his writings. He wrote, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). And, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).
As David demonstrated, to be used by God, we need to act when He directs. We always need to be sensitive to His leading and guidance. And we must remain patient — patient for God to prepare the way, for the right circumstances, for the time to be right, and for our training to be complete.
Make sure you are sensitive to God’s timing for the challenges you face. Seek His directions for your decisions. Don’t make assumptions but listen for His guidance. His time may not be your time. Wait and be ready to move forward only as He directs.
Father, I desire to do Your will. Help me follow the leading of Your Spirit. Guide me. Teach me. Direct my steps. In Jesus’ name, Amen.