Ever Since Samuel the Prophet of Israel anointed David, then a young Shepherd of his father’s sheep; David knew his destiny… one day to become the King of Israel. Twice in the wilderness when he was on the run from King Saul and his men, opportunities to kill King Saul presented themselves to David. The first time David’s men told him, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, “I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.” The second time David was told by Abishai (his relative), “Today God has given your enemy into your hands…” But, twice David resisted the temptation to lay his hand on Saul, for David was God fearing and dared not kill the anointed of the Lord God.
The last day of King Saul was on a battle field against the Philistines, and it was a fierce battle. This battle took the lives of King Saul’s 3 sons including Jonathan whom Saul always hoped will be the next King of Israel. King Saul, who was critically wounded, fell on his own sword to his death to escape the abuse from the Philistines. Also, Saul’s armour-bearer and all his men died together 1 Samuel 31. It was a grave day for Israel. However, the bearer of the news expected David to be delighted at the weighty news; instead David deeply mourned the death of Saul and Jonathan. The word says that together with his men; David wept and fasted till the evening for Saul, Jonathan, army of the Lord and the nation of Israel.
After the passing on of King Saul, David could have decided to establish himself as King of Israel, after all wasn’t he anointed to be the next King of Israel; but he didn’t. Instead he turned to God and inquired for guidance. God led him to settle in Hebron amidst the men of Judah; and they made him King of Judah. At the same time, Abner, the Commander of Saul’s armies appointed Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth to be King of Israel…to the mind of man it seems like what God had said was not falling in place; but God allows circumstances in our lives according to his plans and timing.
Interesting, God uses the very same Abner after 2 years, to speak on behalf of David to the Benjamites, Saul’s clansmen and the elders of Israel reminding them about David being the anointed and Promised King by God… paving a way for David to be accepted by Israel as King 2 Samuel 2-3
Most times, the workings and timings of God will not be understood by man; but as we trust God with our lives; we get to testify of the Mightiness of God. May we continue to ‘Trust in the Lord God; and lean not on our own understanding.’