Can You Do This?

Posted: April 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Sometimes God asks us to do some pretty difficult things in life. In 2 Samuel 4:10, David said of the servant that brought the news to him of Saul’s death, “…who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings.” What the servant thought is exactly what the human mind naturally thinks. Our flesh wants to rejoice when our enemies are damaged or even destroyed. However, David on two occasions died to self and reacted in a way that was pleasing to the Lord. Instead of rejoicing in the death of Saul and later his son Ishbosheth, he mourned. Instead of elevating these “heroes” who murdered David’s enemies, he had them executed. David had every right to celebrate and say, “They got what they deserved.” How was he able to deny himself and die to self? II Samuel 5:12 says, “And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.” You see, David understood that the Lord was in control.  This was not about him or his glory. This was about God and his great love for the Israelite people. God help us to die to self and allow God to work his plan. Can you do what David did? One of the great tests of your spiritual life is how you react to the failure of your enemies.

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