Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.” But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.” from 1 Sam 26
Saul is still in pursuit of David. He has chased David into the wilderness and has made camp with his soldiers along the road. Saul falls asleep with his army surrounding him. In the middle of the night David sneaks into Saul’s camp with Abishai. Saul is asleep with his sword stuck in the ground next to his head. He volunteers to kill Saul for David. Abishai sees an opportunity to get rid of corrupt leadership and expedite the process of making David the next king of Israel.
But David stops Abishai. David knows he is the anointed next king of Israel. He knows he is a mighty warrior and a charismatic leader, that men naturally flock to. But he also understands that it is not God’s time to be king. God, in His wisdom still has Saul king in this season. So for now David must wait and submit. David could take matters into his own hands and make himself king right now. He could get rid of the immediate problem, and stop living in hills, constantly fearing for his life. But he doesn’t.
Personally I feel like I have struggled with submission most of my life. I have often found myself in situations where I felt like “I knew better” or it “was my time to be in charge” or even “I am right” and someone else over me is dead wrong. Maybe you have been there too? Maybe you got pulled over for speeding (even though you were running late and had a screaming baby in the backseat and had to nurse!). Or maybe you have had a supervisor who you felt was a joke. Maybe you have just had to be on a team where the people making decisions are hardly up to snuff and you feel that voice rise up your gut “This is ridiculous! I could do so much better than [him/her]! That’s it! I’m just gonna take over and show them how it should be done!” Maybe you can remember a moment (or a season) where leadership was terrible and being submissive felt impossible.
I want to say I will respond like David. I know that hasn’t been true most of my life, but I want it to be more true of me going forward. Am I becoming a more patient woman? Am I modeling submission to those around me? Are those tiny people I spend all day with seeing me wait on God’s timing for leadership, or are they seeing me lash out and slaughter the foolish king in his sleep?
JEsus, would you come and make me more like you? I want to be patient, help me with my “un-patience”. I want to be submissive. Help me when I am “un-submissive”. Would I begin to be joyful as I wait on your timing. Would you use this season to prune off of me everything that is not bearing fruit…So SOMEDAY I can be the leader you want me to be.
Our blog is written by pastor Thornton’s wife, Erika. She is a full time, stay at home mom, happily raising five kids! She runs our Family Ministries at Cornerstone. In her free time she enjoys crafting, cooking, building forts with her kids, and staying up late watching TV with Jonathan. She also runs our Family Ministries at Cornerstone. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Pinterest.