Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Not My Hand
1 Samuel 24:1-15
I said, "I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed." —1 Samuel 24:10

There are times when it’s best to wait for God to act instead of trying to make things happen ourselves. It’s a lesson we see clearly when David refused to take King Saul’s life, even though the king was trying to kill him (1 Samuel 24). When Saul was alone and vulnerable in a cave, David’s men told him this was a God-given opportunity to take the kingship that rightfully belonged to him (v.4). But David refused, saying, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him” (v.6).
After Saul left the cave, David called out to him, “Let the Lord judge between you and me, and let the Lord avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you” (v.12). David knew that God had chosen him to become king. But he also knew that killing Saul was not the right way to make it happen. He would wait for God to remove Saul from the throne.
Is there an obstacle between you and something that is rightfully yours? You believe it’s God’s will, but the method of obtaining it and the timing don’t seem right. Think long and pray hard before taking a bad path toward a good goal.
Waiting for God to act is the best opportunity for the right things to happen His way.
Dear Lord, help me to wait for your will to be done in life.Amen.

God's timing is always right—wait patiently for Him.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church