Swift Peace

May 11th, 2005 Comments

Scripture:
2 Samuel 20:6 (NLT) Then David said to Abishai, “That troublemaker Sheba is going to hurt us more than Absalom did. Quick, take my troops and chase after him before he gets into a fortified city where we can?t reach him.”

Observations:
Having not gone to church most of my life and being a fairly recent believer, I am actually enjoying reading through the Samuels. I have never done this and I don’t really know the stories. Indeed, even the kids who have gone to church since birth and attended various Sunday and Sabbath Schools, they get a sanitized version of these stories. Rarely are the concubines mentioned, or the beheadings, or a host of other atrocities.

But, given the situation our church finds itself in and that I am faced with, these stories are quite apropos. The text above is particularly interesting. But, first let me summarize.

Here’s what I see. At a young age, God chose David to replace Saul as King. But of course, Saul didn’t want to be replaced. He had lost sight of his calling and he was jealous of David. David was well liked, he was handsome, skilled, smart, and godly. Saul did everything he could to discredit David and eventually sought to kill him.

David survived Saul’s attacks and after Saul was killed, David had amassed great favor with the people. David was able to reunite the Hebrew tribes and they once again became a great nation. But David let the worldly lusts of this world creep into his life. He had concubines, he had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba and killed her husband. David ordered other nations exterminated, not unlike the Nazis did. David did some pretty bad things — but he was still the King of the Jews.

His son Absalom rebelled and tried to take over the kingdom. He tried to kill David, his father. And then, just when David was being restored as King, this guy Sheba comes along and seeks to rebel and take people out of the Jewish kingdom.

According to the verse above, David sees where this could lead and decides that he has to stop Sheba and he has him killed. David acts swiftly and doesn’t let the rebellion fester.

Application:
We have open rebellion at Common Ground right now. In my previous life — before finding God — I’d know how to handle it. I would be swift and vicious. As a Christian with a better outlook on life, I’m seeking to find the best solution. I’m seeking to redeem my accuser. I’m seeking to not let the slander spread. I’m seeking to not lose “souls” in the process. However, I must also protect the church. This must be dealt with swiftly, before the poison of rebellion spreads.

Prayer:
Father God, I’m seeking you with all my heart. I have been accused of a lot of things and some of them have merit. Some of the slander being spread is based on perceptions, some is based on my own weaknesses, and some is based on lies. I do not claim to be innocent. I do not claim to be a spiritual giant. I do not claim to have all the answers. In fact, I put myself into your mercy God. Restore me. Save me, in spite of myself. Do not let my weaknesses harm this church. Do not let my failures destroy my accuser.

Give us wisdom God. Let us be swift, fair, and righteous. Let us handle this the way You would have us to handle it.

Lord, bring peace to our church once again. Bring us to an understanding of your righteousness.

Amen.

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