Waiting for the Kingdom

Bible:

After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David brought up his men who were with him, everyone with his household, and they lived in the towns of Hebron. And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.

But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul’s army, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim, and he made him king over Gilead and the Ashurites and Jezreel and Ephraim and Benjamin and all Israel.

There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker. II Samuel 2:1-4, 8-9; 3:1 ESV

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:16-18 ESV

Reflection:

Jeannette couldn’t wait till she would be able to drive a car. She was tired of having to ask her mom or dad for a ride any time she wanted to go anywhere. She wanted to be able to pick up her friends and go shopping or out for ice cream or pizza or just drive around. When she was 15 she took a driver’s education course and got her permit, and as soon as she was 16 she took the tests she needed to take to get her license. She was so happy when she passed and got her driver’s license! But she found out that she had some strict rules to follow until she was 18. She wouldn’t be allowed to driver her friends, but only her family members. She wouldn’t be allowed to drive after midnight. Even though she had her driver’s license, she had to wait for awhile until she got full driving privileges.

Now that Saul was dead, David was looking forward to being the king. But things didn’t fall into place for David right away. He became king of only part of the kingdom, and one of Saul’s sons because king of the other part. God’s people were divided into two kingdoms, and the two kingdoms were at war for a long time. David still had to wait until he was king of all of God’s people. It was hard for him to have to wait and fight for his kingdom, but David trusted that God would keep his promise when the time was right. His kingdom grew stronger, and Saul’s kingdom got weaker.

We are in a situation like that also. God promised to send a Savior to bring us back to him, and he kept that promise when he sent Jesus. Jesus died for us to bring us into God’s kingdom, and we are God’s children right now. However, we are still waiting for all of God’s promises to come true. We still have to live in this world of sin and suffering. We are waiting for God to bring his kingdom in completely when Jesus comes again. Until then we wait for God’s time and know that he will keep his promise to bring us to glory with him forever.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Savior. Thank you for your promise of bringing us to glory when Jesus comes again. In His Name, Amen.

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