"Then Abishai said to David, "God has delivered your enemy into your
hand this day. Now therefore, please, let me strike him at once with the
spear, right to the earth; and I will not have to strike him a second
time!" 1 Samuel 26:8"
You will sometimes be tempted to take
shortcuts to your destinations in life. David faced this temptation
numerous times before he finally assume...d
the throne. Samuel, God’s prophet, had anointed David and prophesied
that he would be the next king of Israel (1 Sam. 16:12-13). Yet, while
David waited on God’s timing, he watched in frustration as a crazed King
Saul brought the kingdom into jeopardy. Saul pursued David to murder
him, forcing David to flee for his life.
Then an incredible
opportunity presented itself to David. David found Saul in a vulnerable
position, sleeping with his army. Abishai, one of David’s warriors,
offered to kill Saul. It seemed to make perfect sense. Saul had tried to
kill David on numerous occasions. God had said He intended for David to
be the king. By taking matters into his own hands, David could bring an
end to his exile and assume the throne as God’s anointed servant. Yet
he refused to compromise his integrity in order to become king, even
though he wanted the position and it was rightfully his. Accomplishing
God’s will in any manner other than the way God prescribed was
At times you may face similar temptations.
Well-meaning friends advise you to hasten God’s will for you rather than
waiting upon Him. You may be sorely tempted to take control of your
situation, assuming the end will justify the means. These are the times
when you must trust God’s perfect timing. God may plan for you to attain
a certain position or take a new direction, but the timing may not be
right. Watch over your heart. Don’t allow others to persuade you to
compromise your integrity as you follow God’s will.