1 Chronicles 14: Sometimes We Need to Wait
Sometimes I feel like I’m on a roll. Everything is going right, and I want to keep moving ahead because I don’t want to lose that streak. On top of that, I might even try to move faster than I was before just to make sure that I get as much good stuff as possible done before the momentum goes away.
I wonder if David felt that way in 1 Chronicles 14.
He was just named king of Israel which would make to a really good start of the day. Then, a short while later, the Philistines heard about David becoming King and decided that they wanted to go to war. Maybe they had bad memories about David. The war went pretty well to begin with.
1Ch 14:9 And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
1Ch 14:10 And David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand.
1Ch 14:11 So they came up to Baalperazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called the name of that place Baalperazim.
Then came the hard part. God told him that he needed to wait and be patient.
1Ch 14:13 And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in the valley.
1Ch 14:14 Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
1Ch 14:15 And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.
I am sure that David wanted to keep on rolling. I’m sure it had to be hard for him to slow down. However, God told him that he needed to wait, and he did.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we are doing that we keep moving ahead regardless of what God wants us to be doing. I hope that we had the wisdom to discern when we need to continue moving, and one we need slow down.