Sunday, April 29, 2012
2 Samuel 1-4: Loyalty to God First
King Saul and his son, Jonathan, are dead and David mourns for them. He mourns for the man God had placed as leader over Israel, and his dearly loved friend. In his mourning, David asked the Lord for direction as to his next move, and God instructs him to go up to the cities of Judah, where David is anointed King over the house of Judah. Meanwhile, Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son is made king over the remaining portion of Israel.
This was a set up for strife as Israel’s loyalties were divided between men.
I wonder how much strife would be avoided today if our loyalty would remain true to One King, the Creator of the Universe? Think about it…from secular politics to business practices to even God's beloved Church, loyalties have been divided among mere men, causing verbal altercations, wars, broken friendships and shattered hearts. How much better would it be if our whole-hearted loyalty would be given to only One? This One would then direct us in our next move, just as He did for David.
I know man’s leadership structures are imperative in order to prevent chaos, but ultimately, God is Sovereign! Our loyalty must be to Him first, and out of respect and obedience to Him will flow respect and honor to the leaders He has placed over us.
My whole-hearted loyalty is to You first, Lord. You are the my King! Speak clearly so that each of my moves are in response to Your direction. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!!!