1 Chronicles 11:1-3
“Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron, saying, ‘Indeed we are your bone and your flesh. Also, in time past, even when Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lord your God said to you, “You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over My people Israel. “‘ Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel.”
My father-in-law uses the phrase,“So soon,” to chide anyone who is late. I personally have heard the term more times than I care to admit. The basic idea behind it is “I am glad you are finally ready, but what took you so long.” I cannot help but think of that phrase as I read of David finally sitting upon the throne as king of all Israel.
It had been seven years since Saul and Jonathan tragically died in battle. A fraction of Israel rallied behind David, recognizing him as king, while the remainder of the nation clung to the family of Saul, and placed Ishbosheth on the throne. Those loyal to the family of Saul, fought desperately to keep Ishbosheth on the throne. After seven years of civil war “All Israel came to David at Hebron…,” finally recognizing him as Israel’s rightful king. By their own admission, they knew David was God’s chosen king. When they finally allowed God’s king to sit on their throne, the nation began to experience the fulfillment of the promises of God.
I wonder how many of us are currently fighting against God. We know He is our rightful King, but we stubbornly fight to sit on the throne of our lives. With each day, we refuse to surrender to Him, we are only doing harm to ourselves. Wouldn’t it be so much better to allow Him to have the reins of your life, rather than continuing to trot along on the path you have chosen. The fulfillment of the wonderful promises of God are all linked to allowing Christ to take His rightful place.