2 Samuel 20:1-26

2 Samuel 20:1-26

2 Samuel 20:2Vintage message from October 3, 1999.

The problem that we struggle with in society most today is not who happens to be the president over the United States, what’s happening over in the Middle East, what earthquakes are happening here and there, [or] what natural disasters are draining our financial resources. Those things are the things you hear about on the daily news. The problem within our society today is the same as the problem in society back in [King] David’s day. [It] is that we have challenged God for the authority to run our lives. I’ve asked the question before: who has the right to be King over me? Who has the right to make decisions for me? And, what gives Him the right?… Ultimately, God will have authority over us, but in the meantime, while we’re going through this scenario of life, we have to decide to let Him have that authority. We have to make the conscious choice…

Why does God allow for men of sin to be in charge? Why does God allow for men whose lifestyles are only anti-God and pro-self, why does He allow for them to succeed?… It just doesn’t seem fair, but God loves. God disciplines. And…I look at my own life, I look at the lives of men and women who’ve been around me, friends of mine who’ve shared their heart with me, and you know what I find? That oftentimes I am…no different than any man throughout history that God has gone to great lengths to get their attention, to show them love, and to discipline them so that they would then kneel before God and call Him Lord and give Him the authority and the respect…

God loves us. He loves us enough to discipline us. He loves us enough to allow for us to go through hard times… Do you feel like you’re going through some kind of a harsh discipline?
Are there struggles in your life? Are there hardships in your life? Are there challenges to your soul? Understand, if you are here today, and even those who aren’t here today, God loves that [which] He’s created. God loves men and women because He’s created them… Now, I’m not telling you that every man that God loves is going to stand in eternity with Him, because the Bible is very clear that there will be those whom He will say to, “Depart from Me, you who worked iniquity. I never knew you.” The saddest, hardest words in eternity to hear will be, “Depart from Me.” Far worse that the hottest flames of hell…

There are consequences to our sin. There are consequences to the lives that we live separate from God, and the consequences that come to us are God’s discipline. God trying to get our attention. God trying to bring us into love relationship with Him. And even if we have relationship, even though we have received Jesus into our life, even though we may be filled with the Spirit, there are times in our lives as believers that we reject and turn away from the love and the discipline that God is trying to bring to our lives… I’m learning that the hardship is oftentimes God trying to get my attention. God trying to get me to hear the words, “I love you. I desire relationship with you. The path that you’re on is leaving you lame, is leaving you crippled. Make straight paths for yourself so that you’re not lame, so that the lame will be healed.” Walk right with the Lord. Well, that’s difficult. Very difficult.

Pastor Dave Elkins