This will not be a extensive message rather drawing parallels with David to our own contemporary situation today.
David has a period of between 13 and 20 years between the anointing oil and he sitting on the Throne in Jerusalem. He learns that the anointing does not make the man, but character. The character is formed in the waiting through the chaos and setbacks that come in that waiting period.
David knows that there is nothing between him and death. Does that not hark to Romans 12 where we are to be a living sacrifice?
Moses according to Acts 7, from Stephen’s perspective gives us an insight in the waiting. Moses had a experience, a revelation of his gift and calling, and tried to move in it before the preparation. The result is he had to flee to Midian for 40 years. When the Call came to him again he is not confident and even asked God to pass him by.
This moving into the Call too soon without allowing for times of preparation is prevalent in the modern preaching today that motivates to move out.
What we get then is a mixture between gift and the flesh because we see ourselves as the centre of what God is doing.
How many times when God moves us geographically we see it that we are God’s answer for that region and get totally smashed up. Rejected.
Or those who grasp a burden for a country only to move there too soon and get there to poverty, humiliation, sickness and total isolation. God has His processes.
When we consider David, who knew his call, was given rule over Hebron for 7 years, knew in God that this was a step up toward the completion of his preparation. He was not resentful. Hebron is set above Jerusalem and each day he could look down and see that He who is faithful would indeed perform His Word.
Today I get many prophetic words from people who presume to interpret what we might be going into. Yet they miss the beauty of preparation. They miss the character moulding, they miss the art of relational connections that sometimes take years to mature. Patience is a great fruit to exercise. Received from the Spirit, a baptism of fire, part of the lamp stand, must be learned to flow in.
When you consider that Isaiah prophesied 800 years before Yeshua came on the scene, makes our “prophecies ” pale in their language. And when we see a generation pass we realise that we are speaking from the immediate modernism we can be immersed in.
Unless we learn the waiting we will never walk into the things God secretly works out in many generations.
What we need to remember is; we are not the centre of Gods plan, God’s plan is not confined to our generation.