Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Psalm 25:3
Have you ever contemplated the meaning of this verse? Have you ever thought of ways that you have failed to wait on the Lord? Have you recalled times that you have planned ahead of Him, even treacherously, when things were beginning to look bad? How did those plans work out? Did you end up better or worse than when you started?
In 2 Samuel 14, we see a perfect example of the temptation that we all have to be “wantonly treacherous.” The situation is dire, for Absalom has fled to Geshur and has been gone for three years. David is longing to see his son, tensions are high, and Joab takes matters into his own hands. We read that Joab perceived that David’s heart was longing for Absalom. The author again points out that Joab sent for a woman to “pretend” to be someone that she was not. This is almost a mockery of the way God used Nathan to confront David’s sin in 2 Samuel 11. The Lord sent Nathan, but Joab sent the “wise woman of Tekoa.”
Can you see yourself in this story? Do you think Joab’s plan will work out for the best? Do you think Joab sought the Lord for these actions? How do you handle the difficult times in life when it seems God is absent? We might also remember someone else who began to get nervous when things weren’t going their way. Do you remember the instructions Samuel gave to Saul in 1 Samuel 10:8? “You shall wait seven days until I come to you…” Did Saul wait? He waited seven days, and when Samuel did not immediately come he panicked and offered a burnt offering, only to see Samuel approaching as soon as he finished. Samuel rebuked Saul saying “you have acted foolishly and have not kept the command of the Lord!” Can you relate to this?
It’s easy to sing, but may God give us grace to trust and obey!