May 25 – Today’s Readings – 2Samuel 1-3 and Psalms 145
Well, here we are, already in the book of 2 Samuel. The first book was intense and the second is also adrenaline-charged. 2Samuel contains many details of David’s kingship and some of the secrets that made him “a man after God’s own heart”.
Life is full of self-promoting and ladder-climbing people – those who, for the sake of power, authority, influence or money, push others away or step on their heads to climb to perceived success. The very first thing we notice about David is that he did not carry this kind of attitude. – “In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. ‘Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?’ he asked. The LORD said, ‘Go up.’ David asked, ‘Where shall I go?’ ‘To Hebron,’ the LORD answered.” (2Samuel 2:9)
David was always “inquiring of God” as to what his next step should be and he did not want to be self-promoting outside of the divine timing of the Lord. Readers of first and second Samuel are waiting for the inevitable to happen. We know that David is supposed to become king. The people of Judah knew he was to be king. The enemies of Israel knew that David was anointed King. Why was there any doubt among the Israelites? POLITICS – people vying for power and maneuvering to get an upper hand. Was David alarmed? – Perhaps. Was he anxious to get on with the job? – Probably. But he let time pass and behaved appropriately while he was waiting on God. He showed genuine grief for the “mighty” of Israel when they fell in war or by murder and did not rejoice in his political enemies’ demise. In Chapter 2:36 we see the result of such a heart attitude; “All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them.” David did not get involved in “war games” with Israel and he continued on with his duties seven and a half years before the kingdom finally became his.
In our careers there is definitely a place to properly “market” ourselves. We need to be people of excellence in what we do and say. If we work for a company or a boss we need to do our part and help create a prosperous and thriving business for the owners. We need to pray for it’s success and weep when things are not going well for the workplace. This is the example David gave us. If the boss doesn’t promote you after you’ve shown attitudes like that, then he’s the loser. You need to just keep doing what is right and let God open doors of opportunity for you. Remember, between the years of hiding out in caves and the years living in Judah there was a lot of water that passed under the bridge in David’s life.
1. Make a list for yourself of all the people you are supposed to help prosper.
2. Make a plan for yourself of how you are preparing yourself for “kingship”.
3. If all this talk about prosperity bothers you, ask yourself – Is it not God’s will that I prosper – physically – emotionally – spiritually – financially –relationally?