Daily D – 2 Kings 7:17-18
2 Kings 6:33 While Elisha was still saying this, the messenger arrived. And the king said, “All this misery is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?” (NLT)
2 Kings 7:17, 18 The king appointed his officer to control the traffic at the gate, but he was knocked down and trampled to death as the people rushed out. So everything happened exactly as the man of God had predicted when the king came to his house. The man of God had said to the king, “By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost one piece of silver.” (NLT)
Our dogs have precisely tuned stomach clocks. It is currently 6:03 AM. Breakfast is at 6:30. Soon, the nudges will begin. They will not want me to forget or delay. Again this evening, we will repeat these reminders. Reminders are unnecessary. We have a routine.
Truth is, I forgot to feed them one evening. A project so arrested my attention that nothing could break my concentration. Later, after Millie the Black Dog had given up and sadly sulked away to die from starvation, Ollie the Border Collie continued staring at me. He marched in place when I stood up from my chair. I asked him why he was staring at me. His Doggie Mind Meld worked. At long last, I repented of my negligence and saved the dogs from an untimely death.
The king was ready to give up one day too soon. The prophet knew the lesson God was teaching: To wait is not to hesitate. To wait is to trust God’s perfect timing. God is never early, never late. He is always right on time. Let your sense of timing be ruled by his heart, not your stomach.
The first nudge of the morning has now arrived. Morning breath is blowing on me. I’ve got to hurry up a little here.
God did precisely what he said precisely when he said he would do it (2 Kings 7:17, 18).
Learn the lesson well: God is always worth the wait.
I will wait on God when waiting is the order of the moment.
Our Father, you are worth the wait. Thank you for stretching us. Thank you for teaching us. Thank you for providing for us in your perfect timing. You set the stars in space. You ordered the earth to turn at the perfect rate to give us sunlight and dark, day and night, perfect conditions for work and rest. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.