2 Samuel 16:15-17:14

2 Samuel 16:15-17:14

2 Samuel 17:14Vintage message from August 22, 1999.

This is a battle that we fight still today: who is it that has the right, the authority, the place to tell us what to do? Who is it that we listen to? Who is it that we submit to? Who has the right to tell us what to do? And isn’t this at the core of most of the problems that we have in life today? It is my right to do what I want. It’s my life to live. No one makes my decisions for me. I make my own decisions… The question is, who has the right to sit on the throne and rule over me? And…once God places someone on the throne, who am I willing to submit to? Am I willing to submit to the person God has placed over me?… We’re not often in that place where we’re willing to say, every moment of our life, God is in control. God is the one Who is on the throne. God is the One that leads the heart of this man; the battles that this man has to fight; the battles that this man is going to face every day. God has the right and the sovereignty to rule over me, and if He puts someone in my path that He gives more authority to than He’s given me to rule my own life, then I will submit. I don’t have to like it. It doesn’t say I have to be pleased with it, but I will submit to the authority — hard thing to do; hard concept to live by…

And this is the problem: we seek God oftentimes only from our own limited view, from this spot on the earth. We look up to God, and we tell God how everything should run because we see the world, I’ve got two eyes, I see how things work, and so, God, this is how You have to do things! This is how You have to make it work. And in arrogance…I oftentimes will sit in my prayer time and tell God how to run this universe, because I [think I] see clearly what’s going on around me…

We surround ourselves by counselors. We surround ourselves by people who will give us advice. And all too often, we flip the coin… The variable that’s left out here…[is to] turn to God and say, “God, what should I do? What do You want me to do?”… You may be hearing good advice, but in taking even the good advice of your friends, of your family, is it the will of God for your life?… Are we seeking the advice of God and our Creator, or are we seeking the advice of counselors who have “proven” themselves?… God has called us to be men and women of prayer. Men and women who seek Him…

This is the problem why we don’t turn to God: because we don’t want to hear what He has to say, because we know what He’s going to say. Do you realize the things that we oftentimes are seeking are things for our own flesh, for our own comfort, for our own desires, and we know that if we turn to God we already know what the answer is going to be… “Stop now.” We don’t want to hear that, do we? “I want to go the direction I’m going, God. I just want You to bless it… I don’t want You to tell me to stop. I want You to bless it! I want You to give Your stamp of approval. I don’t care what advice You have for me…” This is how we make decisions all too often in our lives. We seek the advice of our friends, and then we go for it, and then we say, “Oh, by the way, God, bless me.” Rather than saying, “God, what would You have me to do? How would You have me to live? Even though, Lord, this advice seems good, what should I do?”

Pastor Dave Elkins