2 Samuel 2:1-7 (Part 1) – Praying Even Over the No-Brainers!

Posted: May 7, 2018 in Book of 2 Samuel
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2 Samuel 2:1-7 (Part 1 of 2)
David Anointed King of Judah

Three and half months ago, when we came to Moline for the final interview for the director of business/staff pastor role that I now currently hold, Elena and I made a vow to each other to not to discuss the job, the church, the staff, the people, and the feel and culture of the church until all of that weekend’s activities were complete (interviews, meals out, sightseeing, etc.). We had two full days of meetings, church tour, dinner out with the staff pastors and their wives, Sunday worship, Sunday lunch, and then finally Sunday afternoon, we were alone and we finally discussed it.

Although I had from the first phone interview been intrigued by the senior pastor here at Calvary, Tim Bowman, I was leaning toward accepting the position if offered, I wanted to see without influencing her decision-making how Elena was going to react to the situation. From others and from my own walk with the Lord, I knew if there was a catch in her spirit about this place then it was not the right place/right time combo for us. I have been told by others in full-time ministry and had learned through submission to the Lord in prayer that if God calls us to a church, he will call both of us to it not just one of us. For God is a God of unity and not discord. If just one of us was excited about this place and the other was not, it would never work, especially after the realities of full-time church ministry set in and the honeymoon period with this place was over. So, I am certain of one thing and that is if God calls you to a church, he will call your wife to it as well. Therefore, even though I was excited about the fact that the church wanted me and I just loved everything about the church and the potential for the job, I was eager to hear what my wife had to say that Sunday afternoon when we finally had time to ourselves between our last thing with the senior pastor and his wife and our flight leaving early the next morning.

When we started the conversation, it was obvious that she was as excited as I was about the possibility of the job offer. She was all-in with me if the job was offered and we would accept it. We knew that it would be a radical change to our lives but we had this mutual peace that this was the place for us (even though it was 12 ½ hours away from family and our friends in the Carolinas). We would have said yes right then if the job was offered. But we said that we needed to spend the rest of the evening praying about it to make sure our mutual feelings were of the Lord and not just some “we just got asked to the dance by the captain of the football team” kind of feeling. It seemed so obvious that this was the right place and the right time for us at this place and at this time. But we prayed about it and there was validation from God. Not some audible word from the Lord but that peaceful feeling that He gives us when we have aligned ourselves with His will and His plan for our lives.

So, here we are, almost three months into living in the Quad Cities, and three months into being a staff pastor and his wife at Calvary Church. It was obviously the right decision for us at this point in our walk with the Lord but even in the obvious things, we must bathe them in prayer just to make sure that we have not mistaken an ego massage for the will of God. Sometimes, there are things that seem so obviously right and we say that are the will of God because the circumstance aligns with our personal desires. However, it is only through prayer and seeking answers from God that we can discern the difference. That is what I thought of this morning as I read about David taking the move to Judah, which seemed a no-brainer, to the Lord in prayer to see if it was a valid thing to do or just some sentimental longing on David’s part. Let us read 2 Samuel 2:1-7 now:

2 After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

“Yes,” the Lord replied.

Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

2 David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives 3 and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. 4 Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, 5 he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. 6 May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. 7 Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

In this passage, we see that, although David knew he would become king (1 Samuel 16:13, 23:17, 24:20) and although the time seemed right, now that Saul was dead, David still asked God if he should move back to Judah, the home territory of his tribe. Before moving ahead with what seems obvious, first bring the matter before the Lord, who alone knows the best timing.

Lord, teach us to discern the difference between our personal desires and your will. Help us to understand your will. Help us to use Your Word to help us discern the difference between ego and your will. Help us to always check our desires against that which is consistent with your nature. Help us to develop and deepen our prayer lives so that we become intimate enough with you that we can sense your will for our lives and the difference between selfish desires and your will.

Amen and Amen.

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