Human Expectations vs Reality “So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David, son of Jesse" (1Chro 10:13)
When little David was anointed by Samuel, one would have naturally thought that his life was made and he'd be able to live like a Prince and get such special treatment.
Even the 3 Wise Men had such an expectation. They expected to find the baby born to be king in a palace. Wrong expectations by even the wise
So, far from a comfortable life, with people falling all over him, David spent many difficult years after his anointing, running from pillar to post, fleeing from the King of Israel. Hiding in caves, taking refuge even in enemy territory. Unlike our friend Hazael (whom we read about in 2Kings 8:7) who kills his king, Ben Hadad of Aram, the minute Elisha prophecies that he'll be king, David sacrifices years of his life but refuses to take Saul's life every chance he gets to kill him. David leaves it to God
And finally, about 20 years after that anointing, David becomes king following Saul's death on the battlefield.
Getting chosen by God for a post is certainly not like landing a plump, secure, government posting. In God's government the expectations are not the same as in our earthly ones. The circumstances don't matter. Surrendering to God and doing things his way matters totally There's true joy and security in that
May we see through God's eyes... From his perspective
Know your Kairos times
1 Chr.12:32 Among the people who joined David in Hebron before he became the King after Saul, we read about a group of men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do, joining him.
Those who understood the times were men of wisdom and sound counsel. In Esther 1:13 Queen Vashti defies King Xerxes order and hence the king consults wise men, who understood the times, about the action to be taken against her. On the advise of one of them by name Memucan, Vashti was deposed and Esther was made the queen which was in line with God's plan.
Ancient Greeks used two words for time.
1. Chronos is the chronological time or the time that passes (Clock time)
2. Kairos is the opportune or right time for action.
Here the men of Issachar who understood the Kairos times knew it was the right time for them to switch their loyalty from the house of Saul to the house of David to make David the king after Saul as per God's plan.
They were aware of the move of Yahweh to make David the king as they were keeping in step with Spirit of God(Gal.5:25).They had the unction of God to understand the time of
God's intervention in Israel's History (which was His story).
It was God's way of mobilizing people and things to achieve his purpose at that point in time in David's life. Similarly in our life too there are Kairos times when God makes his move distinctly to fulfil his purpose.
Elisha knew his kairos time and acted on it when he insisted on going with Elijah to get the double portion of his spirit.?
To understand his kairos times we need to keep in step with the Spirit of God. If we don't, then we will he going along the chronos time mechanically not recognizing the kairos times when God makes his distinct moves.
If we are keen about partnering with God to fulfil his purpose for our life we need to recognize the Kairos times and act on the resources he places at our disposal during such times.
Let us seek God's unction (annointing) to recognize our kairos times.
Oxen Stumbled, Hands Steadied, Struck Dead 1 Chronicles 13:9
A very joyful event was turned into a dreadful and a disastrous one. David, as an Israelite, should have known better than the Philistines who ignorantly sent back the ark in an open driverless cart without any disastrous consequences, 1 Samuel 6:7-9, that the Ark should be carried by the Levites and not any persons, even if the cart is new. Using an ox cart was not God's way.
As a man after God's own heart, David sought to restore the Ark to its place of honour in Jerusalem, the place where Israel could once again seek to know the specific will of God. But, unfortunately, the way he choose was out of line with God's commands. David's intentions were good. Good intentions doesn't mean godly intentions. Even godly intentions can be outside the will of God. Good intentions are not good enough.
Uzzah had high regard for the things of God. He cared enough to preserve it from suffering damage. He was unlike the men of Beth Shemesh who had earlier been also struck dead because they disrespectfully opened the golden cover of the ark to look inside it, 1 Samuel 6:19. Despite his sincere intentions, Uzzah was struck dead like them!
What is the most important lesson we can learn from this?
God requires His work to be done in His way and not in our own way. We may have the very best of intentions to glorify the Lord, to do His will and even to protect His work from danger, but we may still displease God and fail miserably in His work, when we do things outside the Word of God.
The next most important lesson is that David would have searched the Scriptures to find out the correct way to bring the Ark because he said, "How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?" He had the fear of the Lord. When we make mistakes when doing God's work, we too should take time to seek the Lord and search the scriptures for the correct answers.
David should have found his answer in Deuteronomy 10:8, "At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto Him, and to bless in His name, unto this day."
Here were clear and specific instructions that the Ark was to be carried by the Levites when it was transported. David implemented his second attempt in 1 Chronicles 15:2, "Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto Him for ever."
We do not need the Ark of the Covenant to know God's will today, because we now have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Child of God, Remember that, God's work must be done according to God's own ordained way. We must therefore always seek to know God's ways, and be careful to carry it out. This is the only way to succeed in God's service. We must be careful to avoid unbiblical ways and methods and not to grieve the Holy Spirit. Do not devise your own ways to do God's work. May we serve the Lord with Reverence and Holy Fear...Amen
King Saul's refusal to acknowledge his sin and repent of the same, before both God and man, ultimately led him to commit suicide without resolving the issue of his sin, 1Chronicles 10: 1-4. The reason for Saul's death is given in 1 Chronicles 10:13,14. It says, 'Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the Word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; and enquired not of the LORD, therefore He slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
These verse reveals a lot! The sin that Saul committed against the Lord was referring to the time that God told him to destroy Amalek, 1 Samuel 15, and he did not! Initially, he kept giving good reasons for which he spared the king and the 'good' sheep too, and refused to acknowledge his sin. However, as Samuel kept insisting that he had disobeyed the commandment of the Lord, he finally acknowledged his sin before Samuel, but not before the Lord nor the people, vs 24-30!
And inspite of this he went on to worship the Lord, vs 31! This is what many people usually do! It is somewhat similar to what some sects do, when they confess their sins to the priest, without settling issues with God and the concerned person whom they have wronged! This is not what God considers true repentance to be, as can be seen in the case of Saul! True repentance involves humbling ourselves (confessing our sin with a contrite heart) by asking both God and the people whom we have sinned against for forgiveness. And, if needed, the necessary restitution also must be made. However, K.Saul did no such thing! He carried on in this manner even to the point of his death, and therefore, God could not blot away his sin, 1 Chronicles 10, vs 13,14.
This led Saul to become a strong persecutor of David, whom God commanded Samuel to anoint subsequently! If Saul had truly repented of his sin, God would have graciously forgiven him and he would have never ended up persecuting David! Further, his refusal to repent, interfered with his ability to hear from God, and so, he was forced to take counsel from a medium whom he asked to conjure up the spirit of Samuel, 1 Samuel 28! 1 Chronicles 10 :14 tells us that he did not seek the Lord's guidance and so the Lord killed him. However 1 Samuel 28:6, 7 tells us that Samuel did inquire of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him – not by dreams nor by Urim nor by the prophets.
So, (instead of repenting of his sin, even at this point) Saul instructed his servants to find him a woman who was a medium, so that he may go to her and inquire of her! This shows that if we inquire of the Lord about something, without first cleansing our sin that we are conscious of, then God does not consider that to be inquiring of Him and He won't answer us just like he did not answer K. Saul. It must also be noted that Saul did continue as the King of Israel for a long time after that! So this makes it clear that we can still retain a position of authority even if we are in a backslidden condition! This is both frightening and dangerous too! Further, Saul's death made the Philistines rejoice and give glory to their god Dagon, 1 Chronicles 10:8-10!
That was a sad day indeed! In order to avoid history from repeating itself, let each one determine to repent of all conscious sin, wholeheartedly, both before God and man, by making the necessary restitution wherever needed as well! This will bring joy to the Lord's heart and He will graciously forgive and restore us to our former communion with Him and will also take delight in answering our prayers!
This will bring glory to His Name and then we won't become a hindrance to the building of Christ's body in our locality, and then the gates of hell shall not be able to prevail against such a Church!
1 Chronicles 10 to 15