2 Samuel 7:1—8: 18
Boy do I understand how David feels. He is so thankful for all the Lord has done and given to him that he wants to pay Him back! This is a subtle sin that creeps in making us believe that we can pay God back. The truth is we can’t. And if we start to believe that we can, we go from being obedient to telling God what we are going to do for Him. This is not a good plan, ask me how I know…….
Sarah: Lord I am going to be the greatest worship leader of all time for you!
God: No you aren’t.
Sarah: Lord! I am going to have a hand in every ministry at church to show you how much I love you!
God: No, you aren’t.
Sarah: Lord! I am going to go be Lara Croft evangelist/missionary/church planter for you!
God: No, you are actually going to stay home and raise your family for me. Thanks for playing.
Sarah: Thank you Lord, I love this life and these people you have given me with my whole heart.
Bless David for showing us that God will empower us to say no to our plans and be obedient. In his obedience he lives out the promises God has made to him. Through obedience, David experiences more than he could have ever imagined. For sure David is not perfect. (Who told him to measure off lengths of people and kill off certain groups? That is the worst form of Hunger Games) But his heart was for the Lord, and he stepped aside to let the Lord do His work. That should be our prayer too.
John 14: 15-31
Yesterday Jesus told us that after he leaves, we are going to greater things than what we have seen him do. The way we are empowered to do this is by Jesus sending us The Advocate. The Holy Spirit will lead us into to truth. He will not lead us into heebie jeebie mystical moments where we worship the Spirit. The Spirits job is to teach us everything and remind us of everything Jesus has told us. Only people who believe in Jesus will be able to receive this Advocate. Only people who believe in Jesus will know they have been indwelt by him and respond to his promptings. His power is in the fact that he will make us more like Jesus and convict us of our sin. He doesn’t care if you get the heebie jeebies or not.
The ruler Jesus is talking about here is Satan. He is the ruler of the world. Satan will think that he has won when he orchestrates Jesus’ death. Jesus tells us this is all going perfectly to the Fathers plan. Satan has no power of Jesus. Jesus is offering up His life to show his love for the Father. Obedience to the Father is how we show our love for Him.
Psalm 119: 33-48
“I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments” made me think of what we read all the way back in Deuteronomy about how following the Lord commands actually lead us to freedom. Following the customs of the world will lead to us being enslaved by our sin. This is because Satan is the ruler of this world and wants nothing more than to destroy us.
Proverbs 15: 33
When the bible says “fear of the Lord,” I use to picture a kid cowering in the corner afraid of someone. But this word “fear” in the bible can acutally be translated more acuratley like this:
By fearing (reverencing, trusting, obeying, serving, and
worshiping) the Lord a person learns wisdom.