April 8, 2017

April 8, 2017

2 SAMUEL 13-15

Focus Verse: The king said to Zadok, “Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation. But if He should say thus, ‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”
2 Samuel 15:25-26

 

This passage is why King David was such an amazing King. This passage is why, when we talk about heroes of the Old Testament, even great leaders throughout the history of the world, King David’s name makes the list every time. The world will never include this in any of its leadership books, but it’s a mandatory quality if you want to be a leader for God.

 

David exhibits complete surrender to God’s will in this passage. Now the first part is easy to pray, in fact, most of us like to pray like this to give God “a way out”, just in case He doesn’t answer our prayers. But David isn’t doing that here. Because when we pray to give God a way out, we don’t really like to entertain the opposite of His answer to our prayer. When we pray for that promotion at work, we will give God a way out by adding, “but if it’s not in Your will, God, then don’t answer this prayer.” We don’t like to entertain the opposite though, “If it’s not in Your will God, strip the job I have away from me, take it all and leave me nothing but You.” That’s a pretty extreme prayer.

 

And that’s exactly what David is praying here. David knows he messed up this situation. Absalom has killed his son Amnon, who raped his daughter Tamar, and David failed to punish either of them. He was not the father God called him to be, he wasn’t the peacemaker God called him to be. And if you think the Bible doesn’t teach that taking multiple wives is wrong, you’re not really reading this story the right way!

 

David knows he messed up, but he also know his God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He knows that his God has taken him back before after his epic failures, and that He will again. But he’s also smart enough to know that God taking him back DOES NOT MEAN he will find worldly blessing.

 

David chooses to follow God’s will, whether it leads to worldly blessing or not. He chooses God’s Kingdom, whether that will lead him back to David’s kingdom or take David’s kingdom away forever.

 

We MUST get to this point. We MUST turn down our kingdom to follow after God’s. Far too many of us, myself included at times, are far too concerned with the worldly blessings of the Bible, the gifts from God. So much so that we completely ignore the Blesser, the Giver, our God. We would rather have the stuff He can give us than Him.

 

May it never be, Lord.

 

Focus on Him. Follow Him. Whether He leads you to victory in this world or complete defeat. Choose Him every time.

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