Today you should read: 2 Samuel 4:1-12
Don’t let it go to your head…
Have you ever been in a position where you are wanting and wishing for God to work things out exactly how you’d like? You are… let’s just say… hesitantly hopeful. And then, just as you wished, God comes through. What a great feeling.
What about a time where God has put you in an unexpected leadership position? Have you ever experienced that? Maybe it’s to lead a Bible study, become the manager of a new area at work, speak to some people about Christianity, or maybe he’s allowed you to become a leader of a home and new family. What a great opportunity!
With blessings from the Lord come great, undeserved privileges. But with blessings from the Lord come great, unexpected dangers.
There needs to be a caution.
David is King. It’s official. He’s in the seat, he’s appointed and anointed, he’s got people following him, he’s winning battles, he’s growing in strength and power (2 Sam 3:1), things have changed and they are good.
But one thing has stayed the same. David’s ego.
David has stayed humble. He still wants to please God and treat people as God has commanded, with love and respect. He is still following God’s orders. His feet have remained on the ground. Perhaps that’s why God has trusted him with this position in the first place….(hmmmmm….)
In this chapter David gets word that Ish-bosheth is dead. Keep in mind that this is Saul’s son. This threatens his full reign. Some have decided to follow Ish-bosheth as king instead of David to continue on Saul’s legacy. So, let’s just say his death would be good for David’s popularity and the number of followers he’d gain on twitter.
But David doesn’t see it like that. When David hears of his death David kills the people that took Ish-bosheth’s life and he shows respect in the burial (2 Sam 4:9-12). Keep in mind that he’s already been king for a little while, he’s got nothing to lose and no one would fault him for a boost in his ego. That’s character.
So let me encourage you, when God comes through, when He answers that prayer, when He gives you that unexpected leadership opportunity, or when things work out just the way you want, don’t let it go to your head. Recognize who God is, who you are, and the undeserved privilege it is to be blessed by the Lord. Stay actively humble. Treat people as God has called you to treat people and continue to follow God’s orders. Maybe that’s why God entrusted you with the blessing in the first place…
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione
2 thoughts on “December 18, 2012”
One of my favorite Psalms 73, says so much about this.
David’s consistent humility is so instructive!