“And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too harsh for me. The LORD shall repay evildoer according to his wickedness” ( 2 Samuel 3.39 NKJV).
David found himself in the middle of a big mess that he did not create. God called David to be king over Israel, usurping the previous king’s rule, and the transfer of power spawned a ton of drama! However, David never tried to establish his kingship by his own authority. God worked His will through the repercussions of those who did not submit to His sovereignty, and David learned to rest in God’s strength, power and timing. Many times David could have claimed the throne for himself, but he learned to trust God’s ways even though they didn’t always make sense. When David realized that he was “weak” and confronted by men who were too “harsh” for him, he didn’t fear. David had already achieved the difficult discipline of complete trust and reliance on God, and he believed with all his heart that God would take care of the situation for him. When we as Christians fear and worry, we are letting God and others know that we do not truly believe that God is on our side. Complete reliance on God is a challenging but necessary discipline to learn; but if we practice it enough, it will become more instinctual and less forced. Once we see how God works everything for good in the little things, we will start to trust Him in the big things. We’ll be able to humbly acknowledge when we are at our wits’ end, which will open the path for God to take charge and redeem the situation. We can save ourselves a lot of sleepless nights if we would only put our trust in God.
“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine'” (Isaiah 55.8 NLT).