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Session 7

Why waiting is worth it

Read: 2 Samuel 5:1-16

David knew God had called him to be king, but the journey from the field to the palace was hard fought and often bloody. David could have taken his leadership position by force many times. But instead, David waited patiently, believing God’s timing was best.

In 2 Samuel 5, the fateful day arrived where David became king of all of Israel. Soon after, the Jebusites taunted David’s ability to conquer and defeat them (2 Samuel 5:6-7). Their threats proved weak and empty as David quickly defeated his enemies and took residence in their city. God rewarded David’s patience and faithfulness by establishing a home for David and growing his family.

Waiting on God’s timing goes against our human nature, but God rewards those who wait for Him.

God rewarded David’s patience and faithfulness, and David became “more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him” (2 Samuel 5:10).

As we read about David, we have the advantage of knowing the anointed shepherd boy becomes king of God’s people. But David wasn’t so lucky. He didn’t have the plans all laid out for him. Instead, David had to trust God step by step.

Waiting on God’s timing goes against our human nature, but God rewards those who wait for Him. As we wait for God to give us direction and answer our prayers, we can wait with hope and not desperation. Isaiah 40:31 promises, “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Reflect:

  • What are you waiting on? What is God asking you to do while you wait?
  • Have you ever ignored God’s instruction and rushed ahead to take something that’s been promised to you? What did you learn from that experience?

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

God’s character revealed

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