Posted by: arieliondotcom | June 7, 2013

Faithfulness to Fools (1 Chronicles 10-14)

Saul was made King but was unfaithful to God. And just as GOD had warned the people when they cried to have a king like other kings instead of GOD Himself leading them, Saul was unfaithful to them, too, and took advantage of his position. GOD gave the kingdom over to David, who was faithful, but Saul tried to murder him knowing GOD was with David and not him. It doesn’t get much more foolish than that. Yet David remained faithful to GOD, in spite of being forced to hide out in the wilderness on the run from Saul, and to Saul as his leader and the once-anointed King.

In the world’s eyes, we might think David was a fool, too. But he trusted in the GOD Who said that He was the One who gets vengeance (Deuteronomy 32:35). And it was their common enemy, the Philistines, not David, who killed Saul, allowing David to take his rightful place as king.

David still mourned the death of Saul and Jonathan, Saul’s son and David’s best friend.

And David went from being a lonely fugitive to barely having 1/12 of the support he should have had to virtually all the best men of all 12 tribes become faithful to him as their leader and eventual king.

But what lessons are we to learn from this? We see an example of how GOD treats us. As 2 Timothy 2:13 says, even when we are faithless GOD remains faithful…not in us, but to His own purposes for us, because He cannot deny Himself. So we are to remain faithful to Him and to those fools who refuse Him by continuing to tell them the Gospel in His Name. We see that GOD honors faithfulness even to fools. We needn’t succumb to their stupidity (David ran, not letting Saul kill him). But GOD, not we ourselves, directs vengeance on them. And most of all, we are called to remain faithful to GOD. David and those warriors who followed him were the kind of heroes epic movies are made about. They would make the boxers, wrestlers and sports heroes of today look like children. But they were real, historic figures. Yet they trusted and remained faithful to GOD, not their own strength.

There is a sad note here, though, too. We get a brief glimpse of David’s future as king. Listed among the mightiest of the mighty men who faithfully swore their allegiance to David, who fought to protect him was Uriah the Hittite. David may have known Uriah but if he did, he did not repay Uriah’s faithfulness. We will see in another passage that instead David succumbed to the foolishness of adultery with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba. And he would have the honorable warrior who had protected him murdered to conceal it.

GOD’s faithfulness in spite of our foolishness is our only hope for the future. 1 Chronicles 10-14

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