What Seems Good To God (II Samuel 15; II Corinthians 8)

“If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me back and let me see both it and His dwelling place.  But if he says, ‘I have no pleasure in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me what seems good to Him.”  II Samuel 15:25b-26

In II Samuel 15 the unthinkable happens to a father (This father being David).  His son both undermines and usurps his kingdom from him.  In this moment David is forced to leave Jerusalem and live in the wilderness as he had many years earlier.

Question, “Have you every found yourself facing the unthinkable?”  Certainly the unthinkable for you could be in some other area of life than with a family member.  I can honestly say, “Only once in my life have I found myself in an unthinkable place.”  Just the thought of those days still generate heartbreak.

I imagine David feeling the same way as he was leaving the city he so loved that is called in scripture, “The city of David.”  We see him in mourning and moving with great sorrow.

However we also see his mindset.  His mindset is as such that is a model for each who go through unthinkable times.

Think it through:

1.  David says, “If it is God’s will, I will be brought back.”

2.  David says, “If it is not God’s will, I trust that He will do what is best.”

As I read this chapter, I came away with an amazing perspective on how to walk through unthinkable times.  David understood that God had a plan for every moment of every day.  David understood the character of God in that He would always do what is best (His best always benefits His children).

David was not alone in this viewpoint.  Eli believed this (I Samuel 3:18), Job believed this (Job 1:21), and Paul believed this (I Timothy 6:7).  Most importantly Jesus believed this (We see this in His agony in the garden before His death).

As I look back over that unthinkable moment in my life 5 years ago.  I can truly see that God had a plan and that plan has been good for my life.  Oh how I pray  that you come to the same peaceful understanding in your unthinkable moments.

Take it out for a spin (The truth of God’s Word):

1.  Lord I trust every moment of my day into your safekeeping.

2.  Lord I will do what I know to do everyday, trusting what I cannot do into your hands to do for your glory.

2 Responses to “What Seems Good To God (II Samuel 15; II Corinthians 8)”

  1. Askew, David B CIV (US) Says:

    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO

    What perfect timing for this message as I face more uncertain times (more furloughs) as an employee of the federal government.

    Mr David B. Askew Major (Retired), Adjutant General’s Corp G1, Fires Center of Excellence COMM 580.442.0037 DSN 639.0037 BB 912.492.0108

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