Thursday, February 01, 2007

Destiny: ours or God's?

I've been reading through 1 & 2 Samuel of teh excellent "The Message" translation. It tells the story of Israel's first two kings: Saul and David (have you ever noticed that no one in the Bible has a last name? interesting...).

The thing that strikes me about David every time I read through these books is his humility to seek and trust God EVEN when the most obvious course of action is before him. And even when it isn't clear, David doesn't go on winging it assuming he'll kick butt even though he's the most powerful king in the neighborhood.

David recognizes that God has raised him up not for his own benefit, but for the benefit of the people of Israel.

My destiny -- the things I've been wired and destined to do...that's not for my benefit. Its not so I get the warm fuzzies inside (It isnt'!?).

My destiny was God's idea and its effects are God's intentions. My deepest passions were placed inside of me by God to intersect with a deep need in this world. And the fulfillment of that destiny is not on my timetable, its God's.

David was crowned king when he was a teenager. For twenty years, he carried that promise in him that he would be king. For a good part of it, it seemed that it wouldn't happen. Time and again, opportunities presented themselves before him, where he could have seized the throne in a power struggle. Each time, David discerned that it was not yet his time. I have to believe that when David became king, it was better / crazier than even his wildest dreams...and just on time.

God, let your kingdom come in our lives...right on time.


  1. interesting, SJHOP is going through the LIfe of David right now.

  2. amen ... why are we always in such a rush?

  3. amen ... why are we always in such a rush?