1 Samuel 24:1-22

1 Samuel 24:1-22

1 Samuel 24:6Vintage message from November 22, 1998.

One of the things that I want to warn you about is how you interpret Scripture… This is where I think we find ourselves most of the time: wrapped up in our own faults, wrapped up in our own hurts, wrapped up in our own desires, wrapped up in our own pursuit of life. We begin to look at God’s Word and then we interpret God’s Word from that perspective. “God, Your Word is to be fulfilled for my comfort, for my benefit, for my sake.” And when we become uncomfortable, we begin to accuse God. “God, it’s Your fault! You did not give me what You promised!” …We begin to turn even God’s Word inward on ourself. You know what? God’s Word isn’t for me. God’s Word is His Word for a world that He loves…

That’s the other thing you gotta be very careful of: if God has called someone, you’re involved in their life and they don’t seem to be responding to God’s Word the way you think they should, don’t ever take matters into your own hands… There are times that we have expectations about people, and we want God to speak to those around us, and we’re saying, “God, speak to them.” Well, when God doesn’t speak to them in the time frame that we think that God should, we take matters into our own hands. Let God do His work. Let God fulfill His Word. Let God be God in those lives around us. God forbid that I should lay my hand on another person that God may be anointing or that God may be dealing with… It’s God’s job. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job…

Can you say this morning, “I want to be a godly man [or woman]”?… Regardless of what other men are telling me, I want to obey the Lord. I want to be a godly man. …How we live our life is important. The things we do, the things we say, they are important. There are people standing around watching how we pursue life, what we do in life. It is important how we live. It is important the statements that we make. It is important that people see in us godliness… We want to make right statements… God forbid that we should live lives that display ungodliness before the people around us…

And can we say that this morning? “I will let God deal with any problem that I may encounter. I will let God have the place in my life to deal with it how He will. And if someone has wronged me, if someone has lied to me, if someone has hurt me, if someone has done anything to me that is in any way outside of God’s will, I will let God deal with it, and I will live my life from a godly perspective. I will live my life to show the love that God has for me. I will live my life to show people that at least there is one man on the face of this earth that will trust God in all circumstances… I will trust God.” Let God deal with it. He’s the judge. “May He vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.” It’s not me that’s going to deliver myself. It’s God…

Are there people in our lives that we’ve treated badly, that we need to go to in confession? Are there people in our lives that we have wronged? Are there there people in our lives that, like Saul, we have pursued our own flesh, our own fleshly desires, and because we’ve done that, we’ve stepped outside of God’s will, and we’ve hurt those around us? Easily dealt with. Go to those people and confess to them, “I have been wrong,” and then God can begin the healing process.

Pastor Dave Elkins