April 5, 2017

April 5, 2017

2 SAMUEL 1-3

Focus Verse: Now all the people took note of it, and it pleased them, just as everything the king did pleased all the people.
2 Samuel 3:36

 

David’s actions here pleased the people of Israel…but let’s make absolutely no mistake, that is not why David did them. David was honored God first and it just so happened that it pleased the people. As followers of Christ, we have to get the idea out of our head that this is always the case. In fact, I would argue that most of the time this is the exception to the rule. Most of the time when we honor God first, the people around us, especially those who may not understand why we choose to honor God, aren’t pleased at all by our choices.

 

I’ve been hitting on this a lot lately, but I really believe this is one of the most pivotal steps in becoming a world changing follower of Jesus Christ. It’s what God has been speaking to me on a daily basis.

 

We honor God in everything we do. We follow Him with everything we have. We are obedient, perfectly obedient, to everything He tells us. Outside of that, nothing else matters.

 

I know it sounds kind of pompous, but it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of us. “Well what if it turns other non-believers off?” is the common cry from those within the Christian community. The problem with this is that there is not a single place in scripture where we are told to concern ourselves with what others think about us.

 

We are told in multiple places to live in a way that no one can say anything bad about us, but in no way is the emphasis there on what they’re saying. The emphasis is on living a holy life because God is holy!

 

Seek His approval…and don’t even worry about whether or not that leads to the approval of men. Obedience to HIM. That’s all that matters.

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  1. I understand what you’re saying here; but, I’m having a problem with David not caring what others thought of him, and the part of the verse that states, ” . . .just as everything the king did pleased the people.” I understand your message and agree with it. Jesus honored God first; and, some folks liked him and others didn’t. How do you reconcile the comparison of David and Jesus, in this instance? I’m not trying to start a debate with you. I’d lose, anyway. C U Sunday!

    • Ha ha! I don’t know about that…we all win through healthy conversation! I think if we flip back to the reading I talked about yesterday, we can see that not everything David did pleased everyone. In 1 Samuel 30 we see that David is about to be killed by his own men because they blame him for their families being taken.

      I think that God clearly gave David favor with the people, and this is what that passage is showing us. But God did not give David favor because David sought for or asked for favor with the people

      Luckily, we will be addressing this exact same theme tomorrow…so stay tuned!

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