2 Samuel 21:1-14

2 Samuel 21:1-14

2 Samuel 21:14Vintage message from October 10, 1999.

Zeal is not always what God wants. Sometimes honesty and humility is what God calls for. Patience, temperance, long-suffering is what God calls for… And this is where, I believe, we need to learn a lesson. That sometimes God allows things to happen. Even though it’s very uncomfortable for us, God allows for it to happen, because He’s using us either for an example and other people are watching, or because He’s simply using us as a vessel in order to use or to work in another person’s life…

God does not always act immediately when the unjust thing happens but, of course, we want justice. We want it now… Why has God not acted? God has not gone without noticing. Sometimes — and this is where we need to be patient and where God’s Holy Spirit is working in us — [we need] patience. He’ll deal with it, but in His time…

We need to inquire of the Lord… Maybe this is happening because God is doing something. Maybe we should inquire of the Lord. There have been too many times in my life that I have waited days, weeks, months, and even years before I have gone to the Lord and said, “Lord, why is this thing happening in my life? Why am I struggling with this sin over and over again? Why am I struggling with this anger or this hatred or this bitterness towards another person? Why are these things that I don’t like, these uncomfortable situations of my life, happening?” And they’ll go on sometimes for years before I finally — duh! — I should inquire of the Lord! Amazing! What happens when we decide to pray? And not just, “God, bless me. God, bless me. God, bless me.” That’s usually how most of us pray. But when we finally get to the place of saying, “God, reveal my thoughts. You know my heart far better than I know my heart… God, reveal to me what only You know about me, because I don’t know it. I’ve hidden it. There’s something there that I have not dealt with…”

When we find ourself in disputes with other people, when we find ourself in hardships, when we find ourself struggling because the world around us has dealt with us badly or harshly, we do not have to take action. God says that revenge is His…

When you become the servant of God, you are giving God the right to use you or use your family or use your life in any way that He sees fit, and sometimes…to honor God, we have to make hard decisions… What is God asking you to do that will bring a rain of blessing to this land? To the land around you? To the people around you? What hardships might He ask you to go through? What ridicule might He ask you to go through in order for His blessing to be poured out on our friends and on our neighbors and on people who are, frankly, not worth it [in our view], not deserving of it? God blesses them anyway. I remind you of the verse: For God so loved the world. And I, at one time, was part of that world that God so loved. I was just as lost. I was just as decadent. I was just as filthy as anybody else around me. And I am still probably just as filthy in many ways. God still hasn’t dealt with all of the closets that I have locked tight in my life. He just takes His time opening them and dealing with them. But God so loved the world that He made a way for this lost and dying and decaying world. He gave His only begotten Son, Who came to this earth, Who lived the life that was only good, that was only honoring to His Father, that was only a blessing to those people around Him. And in the end, they stoned Him, they laughed at Him, they spit on Him, and then they nailed Him to a cross. What do you think is going to happen to you? We’ve gone through many years of blessing in this nation, but I’m afraid we’re coming to a day where God, wanting to pour blessing out, to bring people back to a relationship with Him, may have to use you, may have to use me, in a way that this society will not understand.

Pastor Dave Elkins