More Of God’s Ways
Scriptures: Isaiah 55:4, 2 Samuel
“Just take a look at the kinds of things I do with people.”
1. God made David a witness [KI1]
a) We become witnesses in God’s economy when we do something that is clearly representative of God’s greatness and power.
b) Other times we become witnesses when our everyday conduct sets us apart from what is normal.
c) We become witnesses when we do not do what the natural thing would be to do.
d) We become witnesses when we retell to others what we have seen ourselves and what is undeniable in our own lives.
e) We become witnesses in the course of everyday living.
2. God made David a leader –
We are much more geared toward evaluating what others are doing rather than doing ourselves. The process of David’s development is an interesting one.
a) He was given many tasks to do. 1 Samuel 18:1
b) He did them well. (18:5)
c) He was loved for his leadership. (18:5b, 13, 16)
d) Others were threatened by his leadership. (ch. 18)
e) In the most personally demanding time of his own life, he was given a group of extremely needy people to care for and to lead. (22:2)
f) One acid test of the ministry that we have is the leadership that we inspire and produce.
g) One of the greatest indicators of spiritual maturity is the way that you respond when you discover that the church is not perfect.
3. God made David a commander
There are times when commanders have to make some very difficult decisions and the consequences that come with those decisions.
[KI1] We become witnesses in God’s economy when we do something that is clearly representative of God’s greatness and power.
Other times we become witnesses when our conduct sets us apart from what is normal. When we do not do what the natural thing would be to do. There are times in our failures when people would be tempted to pat us on the back as if to console us by saying that “Anyone would respond that way.” Really that is about the worst thing that we could do for each other. God is not handing our awards for us as we behave the way any other citizen of planet earth would behave. It is when we live kingdom values in this present world that we become powerful as servants of Christ.
We become witnesses when we retell to others what we have seen ourselves and what is undeniable in our own lives. We live in a world ready to accept that a person might have seen a flying saucer but skeptical of people who bear witness to a personal experience with God. Our behavior makes the contact plausible or laughable.
It was through a very natural course of events that David was propelled into the life that he lead. Had he not been available on the hillsides then he would never have sat on the throne.