April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

2 SAMUEL 19-21

Focus Verse: Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord. And the Lord said, “It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.” So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the sons of Israel made a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah). Thus David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you? And how can I make atonement that you may bless the inheritance of the Lord?”
2 Samuel 21:1-3

 

First, notice what David did when there was a problem he was up against. He didn’t beg God to stop the famine, he didn’t pray and fast seeking answers to how to stop the famine, he didn’t promise God to serve Him always or sacrifice a thousand bulls to Him if He ended this famine. What did he do? David sought God’s PRESENCE!

 

We make things way more complicated than they need to be and we massively undervalue the presence of God. I’m not necessarily saying that it’s a bad thing to pray and fast while we’re seeking answers from the Lord, but I wish we had more faith that God knows what He’s doing. If I’m being real honest, I don’t think there is any reason we need to pray for healing (yes, the Bible says that those who are sick should pray for healing), just like I don’t think we need to pray for answers to life’s tough questions, for direction, for restoration. If we would simply seek HIS PRESENCE, every answer will come with it. That’s how powerful His presence is.

 

The second part of this, notice how obedient David is, especially to something that wasn’t his mess in the first place. David very well could have, like many of us would today, turned up his nose at the Gibeonites and told them that this wasn’t his problem. “Well I didn’t cause this mess” and walk away. But that’s not what peacemakers do. They clean up messes even if those messes aren’t necessarily theirs to clean. Let’s clarify though, David was told by God what to do (after seeking His presence). Don’t run around sticking your nose in other people’s business, trying to fix their “problems” unless God has told you to do so.

 

So…let’s try it today! Don’t ask God for anything in your prayer time this morning. Just seek His presence. Sit in His presence. Soak up His presence. I bet you’ll find exactly what it is you didn’t even know you were looking for!

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