The Fruit of Faithfulness
Lord Jesus, this Ascension Day reminds me that You rose victorious and ascended to Your rightful place at God's right hand.
2 Samuel 5:1-12
Consider: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matt. 5:9). A demanding challenge from our Lord.
The Lord kept his promise. The ten northern tribes, represented by their elders, came to David, made a covenant with him, and anointed him king over Israel, as Judah's two tribes had done before. For the first time, David was king over a united kingdom made up of Judah and Israel. Jerusalem, God's appointed city, was still under the Canaanite rule of the Jebusites. The new national capital awaited conquest. In ritual fashion, the inhabitants of Jebus taunted David, saying that he could not even defeat people with disabilities. But David conquered Jerusalem effortlessly by going up a water shaft and into the city. As he built the city, the border kingdoms recognized his prowess. In an act of submission, the Phoenician king sent David renowned craftsmen as well as some of Lebanon's coveted cedar timbers to build his palace. Although fiercely resolute, David preferred a peaceful resolution to conflict.
Jesus told the multitudes that he blesses those who seek peace. Although a warrior, David knew how to nurture peace among rival nations. Some critics might view David's tactics as manipulative or cunning toward Israel. But after many hard-won battles, a day came when the leaders of Israel chose to unite with David as the legitimate and worthy king of Judah and Israel. They said to David, "We are your bone and your flesh" (1), an amazing echo of Adam's union with his beloved wife, Eve. But David understood that the Lord had done it all for the sake of his people, Israel (12).
God gives success to those who submit their efforts to him. A good outcome may come through hard labor and personal opposition, or it may come effortlessly. Whatever the case, it will come to those who are faithful and who put their trust for success in God's wise and strong hands.
Take a look at the success in your life and ask where you might be seeking the right things in life in the wrong ways.
Lord, I struggle with achieving success in ways that are pleasing to You. Help me to do Your work, in Your ways, to accomplish Your will.
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