by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23; Proverbs 17:16
READ (Verses chosen for meditation)
2 Samuel 15:25-27 “Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me back and let me see both it and his dwelling place. But if he says, ‘I have no pleasure in you,’ behold, here I am, let him do to me what seems good to him.”
As David suffered the greatest grieve of his life (being persecuted by his own son); the tragedy revealed the kind of person he had grown to be. Throughout the chapter, it was told to us that David faithfully surrendered himself to the hands of the living God. Not just by what he told Zadok in chapter 15, but by how he dealt with servants who wanted to follow him in the run from his own son. He knew that God can do whatever He wanted with him and he would have no escape. God can bring him back to the throne; He can also dethrone him as He pleases.
Many of us who had been in the faith long enough know this truth in our hearts: That God, being God can do whatever He pleases with us. Yet, how many of us can be like David, who surrendered himself to the Lord even in times of great suffering? David was ready to be permanently dethroned if the Lord was so willing.
Quite often, we rather pray that we can be out of trouble instead and might have even demanded that God do what we want. These days, I even hear of Christians saying to one another not to pray “negative” prayers such as those ending with “in the will of the Lord”; for it shows our unbelief. Yet, what is really more of “unbelief”? A prayer that goes with who God truly is; or a prayer that only echoes what we truly desire?
My family and I are currently praying about an important decision. The impression I get from the Lord is to go to my knees and seek Him until I get the answer. During such a period of time, it was tempting to pray that God do what I will; and not what He wills. Yet, I know that such a prayer is just futile. It is futile because everything past, present and in the future is in the hands of the living God.
Indeed O God, do what seems pleasing with You and even in times when I cannot understand Your will; please let my heart be at peace with what is given. For You are the Alpha and the Omega. Amen.