In my spare time, I like to study things that interest me. Godly leadership, integrity, work ethics, fulfilling marriage, honest relationships, and the power of identity are just a few things that draw my attention. If I’m in a relaxed mood, I’ll read up on the latest medical findings, scientific research, what makes humans tick, or dig into the Hebrew or Greek root of biblical passages. (I know I’m a weirdo.)
As I listened, there was one particular story and point that stood out from the rest. Andy reminds us not every opportunity that appears to come from God, is necessarily from God. And if we don’t have a relationship with Him, we can’t know His character well enough to make the distinction.
In 1 Samuel 24:3-8, David could have struck his enemy, Saul, at his most vulnerable position — alone, squatted down inside a cave, relieving himself. But David refused.
Though God promised David Saul’s position as king, the timing wasn’t right. And David was wise enough to wait for the right opportunity, which meant God would act, and David wouldn’t rush to force it.
Just because I can doesn’t mean I should. This thought has saved me from myself and foolish, hurried decisions many times. Like David, I mess up often, but continue to study and hopefully grow.
It isn’t easy to wait, especially when someone is attacking you unfairly, but it’s the wise thing to do. Otherwise, we mistake selfish opportunities for God opportunities — and end up hurting someone in a vulnerable position.
Have you ever rushed ahead of God, only to hurt yourself and others in the process?
Deuteronomy 32:35 (NIV)
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.