(Read 2 Samuel 5:1-5)
This morning we continue our series “Grace that is Simply Amazing.” We have been following David’s life story for a while now. Some of you may be thinking, “How long is this going to take? Wasn’t he anointed by the prophet of God to be the King of the entire nation of Israel?” To which I would say, “Yes, he was anointed to be King of Israel, but no one knows how long the space between the promise and the performance is.” This is part of the mystery of walking with God. Living by faith is exciting, because you don’t always know what is going to happen, how it is going to happen, or when it is going to happen, but when you know WHO your faith is in, you can have peace and great expectations.
In David’s case he knew the what. The Lord told him he would be King of Israel, so come hell-or-high water, he was going to be the King of Israel. But the Lord never told him how or when it would happen. This meant that David needed to wait and he needed to wait in-faith, never giving up on the fact that the throne was destined to him. As it relates to living by faith, Paul said, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal 6:9). The King James Version calls it a “due season.” I like to say that there is a season when your harvest is due. Your job is to NOT GIVE UP before your season.
David didn’t give up. After Ishbosheth’s death all the tribe leaders of Israel met with David in Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the LORD told you, ‘You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be Israel’s leader.’” After acknowledging the fact that the throne was ordained for David by God, the elders anointed him King of Israel. David was 30 years old when he took the throne over Judah, he ruled Judah from Hebron for 7.5 years, and he ruled Israel from Jerusalem for 33 years. Most scholars believe David was around 17 years old when the prophet Samuel anointed him to be king. So it took David 13 years to take the first throne and another seven years for the full manifestation of the promise. David waited 20 years for a Word from God to manifest. And it was not an easy 20 years. David endured many trials and heartaches during those 20 years, but God gave him the grace to wait and he blessed David when the season of his harvest was due.
So what does this mean to you today? A few things:
1. There is a proper time when your harvest is due. Unless the Lord tells you when, you won’t know how long the space between the promise and the performance is. But rest assured, there will come a time when your harvest is due. You have a “due season.” Your job is to continue to run your race, with your grace, while you are waiting for the season to come due. You may not know when, but if your faith is in the WHO — meaning, your faith is in God, and not in man or even in yourself — then you will keep your faith switch in the “ON” position while you wait.
2. You will reap your harvest if you do not give up. I am convinced that many believers quit before their season is due. Now, in most cases, they still reap the harvest, but they wind up reaping it much later, because unbelief and a lack of faith do cause a delay. You may not be denied, but you will surely be delayed if you give up before your time. That’s why I keep telling you to never give up, cave in or quit. Sooner or later your season of harvest will be due and if your faith switch is in the “ON” position when it is, you will walk into your blessing.
3. God will make it worth your wait. You may have an idea of the “what” while you are waiting for it, but when it finally comes, God’s “what” is often way better than the “what” you imagined. Paul said it this way, “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask, think or imagine” (Eph 3:20). God has a way of ‘blessings your socks off.’ So keep believing and never give up. When you finally get it, it will more-than-likely be much better than you ever imagined.
Closing Confession: Father, I thank You for the many precious promises You have given me through Your Word, through others, and directly to me through the Holy Spirit in prayer. I stand on every Word I have received from You. I know You are not a man that You should lie, and neither are You the son of man that you should change your mind. You have said it and You will perform it. You have spoken it and You shall make it good. However, I know Your promises will not manifest overnight. There is often a space between the promise and the performance and I won’t know how long that space is unless You tell me. But no matter how long it is, I am determined to wait, in faith, without wavering, until I see in my hands what You have spoken to me in my heart. In Your realm (heaven) it is already done. In my realm (earth) it has yet to come to pass. But I receive it in my heart, I call it done by faith, and I will not allow what I see to change what I say. There is a season when my harvest is due and I shall wait in faith for my due season. And Father, I know what type of God You are. You take pleasure in blessing me beyond measure. I have an idea of what it will look like when it comes, but You are able to do immeasurably more than anything I can think or imagine. When my manifestation comes, I believe it will be much better than I expected and You will take pleasure in blessing Your child. I look forward to that day; to my day of manifestation. As for now, I wait in faith, without a doubt, and I shall never give up, cave in or quit! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.