What do you love most? What do you spend most of your time thinking about? What causes you the most grief and sadness? What brings you the most joy? The answers to these questions may uncover the true loyalties of your heart. Often we are more inclined to hurt and reject those things in our lives that we love the most, for things that can only harm and destroy us. Has this been the case with you?
This week at Redeemer, we will consider David’s Return from 2 Samuel 19 . Absalom’s revolt has been put down, and the rightful king is now to be restored! The justice of Yahweh as prevailed and David’s kingdom has been preserved. Yet, David’s reaction to this victory is one of mourning and sadness. Absalom is dead! The people were so impacted by David’s grief that they did not celebrate at all, but “went in stealth into the city that day…” What does David’s response tell us about his heart? Remember, this is his son! Shouldn’t he be in mourning? Joab (Absalom’s killer) seems to think otherwise as he rebukes David for loving those who hate him and hating those who love him (verse 6).
How should we think about these things? Where should our greatest loyalty and love reside? Think on the words of Jesus when he said “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me (Matthew 10:37) .” It seems that if David’s loyalty were first to Yahweh, these consequences in his life would have never come to pass. Now, that is easy to say from this side of history, but what about you? Are you a follower of Jesus Christ…a disciple? Perhaps it is easy to say yes when things are easy and stress–free. But, have you noticed that our hearts are most exposed at times of loss or failure? When those times come, what will be revealed about you? What is a victory for you? Join us this week as we ask the Lord to make his thoughts our own, and His ways our ways!