“No great thing is created suddenly.” -Epictetus
Even after Samuel appointed David the next King of Israel, David didn’t immediately take the throne. Instead, David worked for his predecessor, Saul; and this shepherd boy ascended to giant killer and military general. After David’s increased popularity and favor with the Israeli people, Saul persecuted David. While running from Saul, David had the opportunity to kill his nemesis to seize the throne, but chose not to. David understood that taking things into his own hands to get ahead of God wouldn’t speed up the process of him becoming king, but would actually slow it down. Perhaps if David killed Saul, he might’ve created even worse problems for himself. David waited patiently on God, and in the right time, God gave David the kingdom. Likewise, building a reputation, a relationship, a career, or a ministry takes time. Sometimes when we try to force things then we only end up frustrated. Worse, we may not like the product of what hasn’t been through the necessary process. God has His perfect will and timing, and the sooner we are at peace with this, the better.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isa. 40:31, KJV).