Today Pastor Alex York brought the message, covering I Samuel 26 and 27, titled "Devoted or Disconnected?"
There's a huge contrast in the way David acts in these two chapters.
Chapter 26 - Devoted
In chapter 25, David had listened to Abigail's counsel. He'd seen that when he did not take revenge, God dealt with his enemies. In chapter 26, David is more reflective. He's absorbed the lesson.
David had faith-fueled boldness. We often settle for less. Are we holding back, playing it safe?
Verse 19 -- He said of Saul, the Lord will strike him, or his time will come, or he'll die in battle.
He trusted God to act at the right time.
He is sure God will intervene on his behalf if he gives God room.
God had put all Saul's men into a deep sleep. God was clearly acting on David's behalf.
David gave God the freedom and space to take action.
God's activity doesn't mean David sits on the sidelines. David still needs to work in partnership with him.
David chooses integrity all along in this chapter and treats Saul respectfully.
Chapter 27 - Disconnected
On the heels of this encouraging victory, the story takes a dramatic shift.
He "thought in his heart" that Saul would kill him. After his faith the chapter before, now he decides to take matters into his own hands and flee to the land of the Philistines.
He doesn't inquire of the Lord.
We sometimes operate as if God is not in the picture.
Sometimes we don't see God working on our behalf, so we assume he isn't.
Sometimes we choose the Hybrid Model: Ask God to bless our plans.
On the surface, David's plan works. Saul stops pursuing him.
Now David's focusing on what will keep him safe.
Be concerned not just with the outcome, but what gets us to the outcome.
Now he's living by deception -- killing everyone so they won't tell the king of the Philistines.
Achish believes David is his servant.
Now David has longer-term problems.
This is how it works for us, too, sometimes. One day we're Devoted. It's easy to switch to Disconnected.
Here's the story of the two chapters:
I Samuel 26 I Samuel 27
God's Perspective David's Perspective
Faith-fueled Boldness Desperate Pragmatism
God's Activity David's Activity
In our building program, there will be obstacles. We need to respond as people devoted to God. Will we respond with our own plans? Will we lean in the direction of Devotion or Disconnection?
Moving from Disconnection toward Devotion:
1) Inquire of the Lord!
Pray with your ears wide open. Isaiah 55:3 (NLT)
2) Look for God's perspective.
3) Allow God time and space to work on your behalf.
4) Seek out spiritual encouragers.
Like Samuel, Jonathan, and Abigail
5) Reflect on God's proven faithfulness.
God has never ripped anyone off.
God often has a much better solution for us. If we rush in to fix it ourselves, we often miss out on God's solution.