We have got David standing here nutty at the Lord, when, in truth, the Lord was annoyed at David.
About now you may be thinking, Well, I assumed you announced he used to be a man after God’s heart. Having a heart for God does not imply you are perfect, it suggests you are delicate. And when you see you are wrong, you accept it. The difficulty was that David hadn’t done his homework.
We regularly get into difficulty when we do not do our homework—when we think we see pretty obviously what the Lord’s will is, and so in expediency or in convenience ( sometimes in a rush ) we dash off to do it our way. And the Lord claims, “Look, I have written plenty of things in My Book about that call you made, and I would like you to take counsel from Me. If you need to have a heart for Me, then you check My Word, and you find either a precept or a principle then go according to that.
When you do that, I may give you joy like you can not believe. If you do not, you miserable.” actually, in David’s case, the Lord related, “I’ll even take some lives.”. They presumed on the Lord and did not take Him seriously. If he did not care, he would not have announced anything about it.
When we start to worry about the things God cares about, we become folk after His heart, and only then do we start to have real liberty and real contentment.
If you live in an area shaken by tremors, you’re feeling a tiny ripple now and then, get a strange feeling, and then life returns to ordinary. Are you able to think how Moses felt when the Lord asserted to Moses, “Come up, Moses”? Wow. If you were Moses, what would you do now? How would you do it? How could you carry on? I should tell you how : with fear and quivering Moses made that significant journey up into the clouds.
He’d stood before a burning bush, but that was nothing in comparison to this epochal experience. The writer of Hebrews asserts, “So horrible was the sight, that Moses related, ‘I am full of fear and trembling’ “( Hebrews 12:21 ). A healthy fear of God will hold us in astonishment and do much to deter us from sin. When we’ve got a correct fear of the living Lord, we live a cleaner life.
Any born-again person who sins willfully has briefly blocked out any fear of God. When we actively engage in sin, we consciously set aside what we are the truth about God. We purposely suppress the understanding of Him in our hearts and minds. We lie to ourselves by asserting, “We’ll get by.
God will not mind so much.” Yet God used Moses to divulge to His folk a reverential and healthy fear of God Almighty. When you come to that understanding, and God’s light breaks into your life like the pure whitewater of a rushing brook, you learn how to totally hate and fear those actions that may plunge you again into darkness. The psalmist expressed that thought with these words : “How sweet are your words to my taste, more sweet than honey to my mouth. I gain understanding from your precepts ; therefore I detest each inaccurate trail. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” ( Psalm 119:103–105 NIV ).
According to Exodus 2:12, Moses hid the body of the slain Egyptian. But by the following day, it was all over the papers. Hiding incorrect, Moses now had to confess, does zilch to erase inaccurate. And I’m persuaded that from that moment on Moses determined never to cover anything again. He would talk his heart, with no regard for the risks of vulnerability.
Sometime in my ministry, I’m going to assemble up enough bravery to have a sworn statement time where the one thing we’ll share is our screw ups.
Wouldn’t that be different? Ever been to an affidavit meeting where everybody else appeared to be on Cloud 39, and you were in Tunnel Number 7? One after another is talking about soaring in the heavenlies, while you are counting gum wrappers in the gutter. Why don’t we visit the other side? Why not hand the microphone around and say, “When was the last time you took a nosedive? Are you able to share with others what it was like to experience a major disappointment?”. A long way from being a downer, I am in possession of a hunch that might prove to be a major support to a bunch of folks who feel all alone in their struggles.
Many of us feel as if we should hide our disasters, believing nobody else might have probably failed as we have. Some are even frightened to tell God about it, fearing he would be as put off as we imagine others will be. But he’s not like that at all, is He? When we take a tumble and cry out to Him in our shame and our trouble, the psalmist asserts He “inclines His ear” to us. “It is then He puts His arms around us, just as a loving worldly pop would do.
He then announces, “I accept you simply as you are. I concur that what you have done was inaccurate, as you have confessed it to Me.
If I read these verses properly this was a widespread famine like the world hadn’t known, for it asserts, “The famine was spread over all of the face of the earth.”.
In these circumstances what did Joseph do? He did not hoard the warehouses of plenty for himself and his folks, or for the royal household, or maybe for the land of Egypt. He opened those great vaults and released the contents to anyone that required food. “The folks of all of the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph.” This was a person who never made use of his rights, his authority, or his financial resources. He continues to walk politely before his Lord.
He has earthly power, but his integrity is still in place, and he openly shares his profusion with others in need. That provides help in our evaluation, doesn’t it? We can’t help but admire people who harvest the benefits of goodness because God prospers them, when they, in turn, provide for others in need. Ministries I’ve been part of have benefited massively not only from people who have hardly any of this world’s products, but also from the Josephs of this and prior generations. To the rich Josephs that God is raising up in this generation and the subsequent, may you continue to stroll with Him. May you freely use your affluence and authority for His glory and your influence and success to make His Word and truth known.
God can use our authority and our profusion and our promotion as He did with Joseph. But before he will be able to, we want to humble ourselves before God’s mighty hand and say, “Jesus Christ, I need You. I have all this to account for, and I cannot take any of it with me. Please use me as you see fit.” With authority comes the necessity for accountability. People who model the same depth of personality mixed with knowledge merit our respect and confirmation.
Rodney Howard Browne talks about Joseph. After those two full years, Joseph experienced a significant point in his life—on a day that appeared like every other day. That morning dawned like each other morning over the prior 2 years. Like the morning that dawned before Moses saw the burning bush. like the morning that dawned before David was anointed by Samuel as the king-elect.
Rodney Howard Browne tells us that for Joseph, it was yet another dungeon day—except for one small matter Joseph knew nothing about : the evening before Pharaoh had a bad dream. The king of the land had a dream, and in it he saw 7 fat, graceful cattle coming up out of the marshy Nile delta. Then 7 foul, thin, starving cows came up from the same stream and devoured the fat, sleek cows. Pharaoh awoke, maybe thinking that large meal he’d eaten before he went to bed wasn’t setting too well on his stomach. Before long he dropped back to sleep, and his dream continued.
Rodney Howard Browne tells that this time Joseph saw a stalk of grain with 7 plump and healthy ears. But then 7 lean ears, scorched from the east wind, sprang up and devoured the 7 healthy ears of grain. When Pharaoh heard that there had been someone around who could let him know what this discouraging dream meant, he naturally related, “Go get the man.”.
Talk about comprehensive integrity This was Joseph’s moment in court, his wonderful opportunity to point out, “Do you realize that I may have been out of that place 2 years back if that dummy standing right over there hadn’t forgotten me?” But there was none of that. You know why Joseph may be so humble and talk so openly? Because his heart had been damaged. Because he’d been attempted by the fire of affliction. Because while his external circumstances seemed nearly intolerable during those years, his internal condition had been turned into pure gold. We are now witnessing the advantages of enduring affliction with one’s eyes on God.