Rich Marshall taught me that the hardest changes are from God’s order, to God’s new order.
Think of Christ. Clearly the Mosaic Law was God’s order and had been for a very long time. It was a challenge for them to lay down God’s order to embrace the Christ, who was God’s new order.
Equally clearly, it was God’s order for David to be in the Judean countryside for this season. God’s hand was upon him, teaching him much, growing his team and protecting him on all sides. It was a radically God-breathed time.
When that time was up, God caused the Philistine leaders to become suspicious of him, God allowed Saul and his sons to die in the devastating defeat and God allowed another enemy to destroy Ziklag, David’s city at the time. All of this was done with God-speed, in about 36 hours.
The pain was astronomic. David’s men could not handle it well, and they talked of killing him. He was so devastated that he wept before God until there was no strength. When they went after their families, some of the men were too exhausted to go the distance.
By any measure, it was a brutal transition.
But it was God’s agenda for David to be suddenly homeless, alienated from the Philistines and available for the leaders of Judah to crown him king of their tribe immediately.
When we have been in a place or community or season where the grace of God flowed strongly to us and through us, it is quite disconcerting to our souls when God switches off the grace abruptly.
It is not always so. There are times where there is a gradual decrease of grace and an abundance of markers that a season is coming to an end. Our souls have time to adjust to the coming transition. It is a gentle, elegant shift.
But sometimes we have to make a U-turn at 100 mph, and the whiplash is severe. When that happens, we often blame it on the devil, but sometimes it is God who transitions us with the force and finality that David experienced.
This too is God-speed even though we feel the pain is going to break us in two.
As we have cried out passionately for God to move quickly in the areas that our souls approve of, let us also submit to the righteous hand of God and invite Him to readjust our relationships, our work, our community and our land, even if it costs us pain.
After all, the pain of our deliberately slow walking God’s will, and thereby opening the door to the enemy, is worse than the pain of God-speed moving us toward our appointment with destiny.
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
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