1 Samuel 23:10-12 “Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake. Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down. Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.”
“This is Paul Harvey… and that, is the rest of the story.”
Many of us can remember the signature voice that graced the airwaves for more than seventy years, during which he made his radio programs one of the most listened to in the nation. His news broadcasts were pointed, conservative and truthful. His ability to weave a story and provide thought-provoking, morality based truths are legendary.
One of his most famous broadcasts that is almost prophetic, was “If I Were the Devil…” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6sPvOl0Q8g) in which his poingnaint, insightful statements pierce the soul both with revelation and guilt. But the parallel I want to make is that we all too often, follow after everything and anything BUT God.
David, in his earliest beginnings, sought God with his whole heart; that is why he is known as a man after God’s own heart. If only he would have inquired of God while on the rooftop that day. Better still, as the armies of Israel prepared to go to war, that he would have inquired that he go with them instead of remaining at home.
When David did inquire of God, He answered. He called out with earnest expectation. He asked knowing that God, his God, would answer him. Before every conflict, before every decision, David asked and God answered. God distilled this into one verse in the New Testament:
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
After listening again to Paul Harvey’s broadcast, I found myself asking, “If he (Paul Harvey) knew so much and could so eloquently distill the truth into such poignant and pungent statements, why did he seemingly do nothing about it?
It was then I realized that each one of us is gifted to do their part. Paul Harvey spoke truth in such a way that he garnered the ear of a nation and gave a warning shot across the bow; a clarion call if you will, to a nation that was already in the throes of death and choking on her own filth. And this will continue if good men do nothing.
Sir Edmund Burke once said; “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
As a child of God in a country that still allows Christians to freely give out the gospel and win folks to the Lord Jesus Christ, I – WE – need to maximize our opportunities. I hear so often, “Jesus is coming soon…”
While that may be true, what are we doing about it? Do the plans you’ve made today reflect that truth? Do you seek opportunities to tell others the reason for the hope that is in you?
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Days pass so quickly and one day, time will be no more. As my life hurls ever so quickly to its end, each decision should be, no; must be weighed in light of what would please my God. I cannot know until I inquire of God what are today’s tasks. THen, once I hear from Him, it my obedience to His will and not my own that will reap eternal reward.
One simple thought for today:
Little compromises lead to great disasters; or little sins lead to big sins.
Don’t leave God out of your decision-making process today. You may find the moment you do, it may turn out to be disastrous in the end.