2 Samuel 12:14-31

2 Samuel 12:14-31

2 Samuel 12:22Vintage message from July 18, 1999.

Be very quick to acknowledge the sin that we commit and deal with it before God. Don’t make God have to come and chase us down. You know, we all grow tired. We all get to that place where God’s Word is just hard to understand. It’s hard to open up. It’s hard to read. Very difficult! We get tired of it, and we walk away from it. And you know, the world is inviting, and we turn to the world from time to time, and we find ourselves caught up in this place where we’re out of God’s will. Well, when we find ourself in that place, be quick to come back and say, “God, I was out of Your will,” because God will chase you down. But understand, there are those around you watching…

There’s a movement going on in the world today bringing back fasting and prayer, and this movement will tell you, “If you’ll join with us, if enough people will join with us to fast and pray before God, we’ll change the world. We’ll move God’s hand. We’ll change God’s mind. The formula is fasting and prayer!” I hate to tell you, guys, God does not hold to formulas, and especially our formulas. God does not bend to our direction. God is not subject to my will. God does not bow to me. I bow to Him… If God has said something is going to happen, trust that it’s going to happen. We can’t just “name it and claim it.” We can’t just tell God what to do, when He’s already told us what He’s going to do… I can pray. God has asked me to pray, but Jesus, when He taught about prayer, He taught us to seek God’s desire. He taught us to seek God’s will…not my will… This is one of the most successful times of prayer that you can have: is not time of prayer asking God for what you want, but that time of prayer where you simply get before God and worship, acknowledging His presence, acknowledging His greatness, acknowledging His throne, acknowledging His Lordship over us,…when you don’t get your way, you find yourself drawn in relationship to God, through the power of His Holy Spirit, to this place of just simply desiring to be with God to worship before Him…

What we have been called to do…is to enter in — no matter what our circumstances, no matter what the pain, no matter what the difficulty, no matter what the disappointment — to enter into this place where we worship God simply and only because He’s God, not because of what He gives us… You know, I’m afraid, all too often, it’s been the pattern of my life to worship God and praise Him when He’s given me the things I want, and when He doesn’t give me the things I want, I stomp and I kick and I get angry. I walk away from Him. I say, “When You decide to do things my way, then I’ll come back.” …It’s been the pattern of my life to acknowledge God when He’s acknowledged me. [King] David is showing us something very different. In this place of humility, David is showing us that we need, must, and can acknowledge God even when God takes that that is the most precious to us away. God didn’t answer his prayer; not the way he wanted…

Why do we seek God, especially in those times of turmoil, those times of struggle, those times of desire? Why do we pray? Because God may be gracious; God, in His mercy, may forgo His hand, especially in those times when we deserve the consequences of the lifestyle that we’ve chosen, when we deserve the consequences of what we have put ourselves into… Will we allow God to heal our lives? Will we allow God to deal with us; bring us to the place of understanding our sin; deal with us because of our sin, and then move us on? Or do we cause God to set us in a corner because we, ourselves, are crippled because of the lives we’ve lived, because of the consequences of our sin? Do we become crippled because of our bitterness and our anger? Do we become crippled and allow others around us to steal the things that God has desired for us? …We are so good at standing here complaining, rather than moving on; worshiping God for Who He is and what He does.

Pastor Dave Elkins