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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Victory Behind Giving Up


by Arthelo Palma

2 Samuel 2

The Victory Behind Giving UpA boss and his follower will surely have trouble when the latter will persist in going against the will of the former. The boss will eventually react on insubordination because that is going to give up the chance of achieving the expected target, and so here where the conflict gives forth.

Another remarkable conflict arises when husband and wife will fail to settle on agreement on something. The bottom line would be the point that either each of them finds it hard to go with the will of the other, and so understanding individual position on something will be a bit harder.

We could always have conflict between each other because of varying core values and beliefs or philosophy, different cultural, social and emotional orientations. So our will significantly varies.

And here is the most important point. We all have our own will and it is part of being human. God gives us the opportunity to exercise our own will whenever we want it. In fact, the Bible emphasizes that everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23). So we can do whatever we want, but God warned us that not everything of them is beneficial for us. Therefore, sometimes doing our own will apart from God’s actual plan, command or instructions will eventually lead to some troubles just like what happened to the houses of David and Saul in our reading today.

After the death of Saul and Jonathan, Abner, Saul’s commander of Army declared Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul to be king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel, and over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel (verse 9). From our previous journeys in the book of 1 Samuel, this is not what God would want to happen over Israel, because David was determined to be the next king. Then, as expected, conflict arose between the houses of David and Saul. The battle between these houses was very fierce and men of Israel were defeated by David’s men (verse 17).

How many of us would find trouble on something that goes against the will of God? How many of us have been struggling to achieve life of abundance and prosperity because of bad habits and poor attitudes and characters? How many of us have been into broken relationship because of greediness, and evil and malicious intents. How many of us are suffering poor physical health because of lack of discipline, as a result of following our own will?

God has a will and plan for us. His will for us is to be part in His Kingdom and that He wants us to remain in His plan and purpose (Ephesians 1:11). And so He said, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). To be consistent with His plan, Jesus Christ came so that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b).

However, there is always conflict because we choose to follow our own will because following God’s will for us seems to be uncomfortable, but little do we know that not choosing His will always leads to troubles. In fact, Jesus Christ said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). We always have the freedom to choose what path to take, but for us to have life we need to know and follow the will of God for us, a narrow road to take but there is life in the end.   

God’s message:

Conflict arises if we go against the will of God.

God’s promise:

God will allow circumstances in order to fulfill His plan.

God’s command:

Never oppose the will of God.

God’s warning:

Conflict and eventually destruction come when there is opposition to the will of God.

Applications:

Always inquire the Lord so that His will would always prevail in our life.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ Your Son taught us to pray that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Help us Father understand more of Your will for us, so that we will not walk on the path that seems to be comfortable for us, but it will only lead to destruction. Help us depart from our comfort zones that will only lead us to destruction. Help us embrace more of your plan for us. This we ask and pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!   

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