How to fulfill God’s will – Part 2
Prophet Jeremiah served God during the reign of another murderous king, Jehoiakim, who burnt the Scripture and sought to kill him. God’s wisdom manifested in the counsel of the princes to Baruch, Jeremiah’s servant, to “Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be.” And when the king commanded that they should be arrested, “the LORD hid them.”
When Christ was born, God instructed Joseph through an angel to “flee into Egypt” and escape being killed by Herod the king. Christ’s command, teaching, directive, instruction, counsel and admonition to New Testament believers is, “when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another…” (Matthew 10:23). David was able to accomplish much because he lived and served with the wisdom of God.
Another secret of David’s accomplishment is the divine presence that made him to continually wax stronger. “So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him” (1 Chronicles 11:9). He knew the Lord as a teenager and lived a god-fearing life, which manifested in sparing of Saul’s life, when he had the opportunity to take revenge against the renegade king. He obeyed the Lord, kept His commandments and ruled over Israel for 40 years.
All these were possible “Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:5). Although he committed adultery as a king, he promptly repented and was restored to fellowship with God. He bore divine discipline for his sin of adultery that brought reproach to God’s name, faced great opposition and emerged victorious. The New Testament Scripture affirms that he was a great man of faith. God is still willing to grant the penitent sinner or backslider forgiveness and victory over sin through faith in Christ.
David’s fulfilled life reveals the secret of enjoying divine favour, constant victory and spiritual enablement for accomplishing great things for God. He gives us the alphabets of a fulfilled life. He was Anointed of the Spirit; Behaved wisely in all things; Confessed and confided in God; Delighted in God; Enquired of the Lord; Fought only the battles of the Lord; Gave sacrificially to the Lord; possessed a Heart that was tender before the Lord and Ignored unscriptural counsel to kill Saul. This inspired psalmist and king, Judged His men fairly; Kept the commandments of God; Loved the Lord; Meditated often on His word; Neglected no duty because of danger; Obeyed the Lord and all His commands and Prayed often to God in times of danger and peace.
This great warrior was Quiet before the enemy; Rested in the Lord in spite of pressures; Sought the Lord with all his heart; Trusted the Lord that He would fulfill His promise; Understood his errors and sought for cleansing; Valued salvation and God’s word above everything else. The son of Jesse Waited patiently on the Lord; X-rayed his motives in God’s presence; Yielded himself to God to do all His will unreservedly; and Zeroed in on the essentials of life without distraction. Thus, the Scripture testified that he fulfilled divine purpose for his life in his generation despite opposition.
Like him, we must forget past moral failures by seeking God’s forgiveness and cleansing, and thereafter, commit to accomplishing His purpose for our generation, with full assurance that He will continue to preserve, as well as, grant us victory over opposition, persecution and obstacles till the end.
Further Reading (King James Version): Acts 13:22; 1 Samuel 22:1,6-8; Psalms 32:1,2; 51:1-12; 103:1-3,12; 16:8; 4:1-4; 108:1,7,13; 110:1; 1 Samuel 18:14,15,28,30; 1 Kings 17:2,3; Jeremiah 36:19,26; Matthew 2:13,14; 10:23; 2 Samuel 3:1; 5:10; 1 Chronicles 11:9,10; 1 Kings 15:5; Isaiah 55:3-5; 1 Samuel 16:13; 18:14; Psalms 27:1-3; 37:4-6; 1 Samuel 23:2-4; 25:28; 1 Chronicles 29:1-3; 1 Samuel 24:4,5; 30:19-25; 1 Kings 11:34; Psalms 18:1-3; 63:1-8; 1 Samuel 17:34,35; 2 Samuel 5:25; Psalms 55:1,17; 39:1-4; 37:7-11; 27:1-4,8; 2 Samuel 22:1-3; Psalms 19:7-12; 19:10,11; 25:4,5,21; 139:1-4,23,24; 40:6-8; 27:4; 16:8; 131:1.
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