“How long do you think it will take our house to sell?”
“Two days. We’re following God’s direction; we believe He wants us to sell our house; we’re asking Him to bring a buyer for it–two days.”
Thirty-six days later….
“God, where are You? I thought You wanted us to sell our house? Why aren’t You bringing a buyer into our house to buy it? We’re obeying You…fulfilling our part of the deal…where have You gone??”
Why is our human response to believe that if we obey God, He should do things our way rather than us surrendering to His way? In Psalm 86:11 and 27:11, we pray, “Teach me Your way, O LORD” (emphasis added). Yet without even realizing it, we so often pray, “Learn my ways, O LORD.” Where is the fear of the LORD in that??
Proverbs 15:33 says, “The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” When we surrender to God’s way rather than our way, we begin to ready ourselves to learn life from His perspective. Before we can honor God this way, we must humble ourselves in such a way to say, “We are clay in Your hands, O LORD. Do with us as you please.”.
We’re given an example of this in 1 Samuel 16 as God choses David to be king of Israel and leads Samuel to anoint him. The Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power to rule Israel. Some experts estimate that this occurred when David was between ten and sixteen and years old.
In 2 Samuel 2 God led David to Hebron to be anointed as king over Judah.
In 2 Samuel 5, David finally became king…at the age of thirty.
So…after thirty-six days, I’m wondering if God forgot about the whole sell-your-house deal. Yet this is the same God who anointed David to be king of Israel fourteen to twenty years before he became king. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). So maybe He hasn’t forgotten us after all…no more than He forgot David. The LORD says, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16).
As I reflect on the years of David between the anointing and becoming king, it was a time of honoring God and honoring King Saul who no longer had the Spirit of the Lord on him to lead Israel. So I will benefit from the wisdom of David in Psalm 27: “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
We drove past some beautiful mountains yesterday through the Raton Pass, but at one point, the short but nearby plateaus hid the beautiful mountain peaks in the distance. As I was explaining to Emily that our perspective changed the way we saw the mountains (in this case, having them hidden from our view), Michael looked at the song that was playing–Perspective by Sean Feucht. I know God has great things in store for us, even though we may only see the plateaus from this angle. The LORD my God is God; He is the faithful God (Deut 7:9).