Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Tale of Two Responses--Part 2 or My Response to God's Will

15-18 After Nathan went home, God afflicted the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and he came down sick. David prayed desperately to God for the little boy. He fasted, wouldn't go out, and slept on the floor. The elders in his family came in and tried to get him off the floor, but he wouldn't budge. Nor could they get him to eat anything. On the seventh day the child died. David's servants were afraid to tell him. They said, "What do we do now? While the child was living he wouldn't listen to a word we said. Now, with the child dead, if we speak to him there's no telling what he'll do."

19 David noticed that the servants were whispering behind his back, and realized that the boy must have died.

He asked the servants, "Is the boy dead?"

"Yes," they answered. "He's dead."

20 David got up from the floor, washed his face and combed his hair, put on a fresh change of clothes, then went into the sanctuary and worshiped. Then he came home and asked for something to eat. They set it before him and he ate.

21 His servants asked him, "What's going on with you? While the child was alive you fasted and wept and stayed up all night. Now that he's dead, you get up and eat."

22-23 "While the child was alive," he said, "I fasted and wept, thinking God might have mercy on me and the child would live. But now that he's dead, why fast? Can I bring him back now? I can go to him, but he can't come to me."

So how does this speak to our response to Mr. Obama being chosen as our next President? While their was uncertainty, we wept and prayed and fasted and blogged and voted.

But now, the outcome is clear. It is not the outcome for which we prayed. But our response should be that of King David.

Get up off the floor.

Wash. Dress.

Present your self at the temple.

And worship God (for he is worthy of our praise).

Eat.

And do it all again tomorrow.

And remember always, God will not be mocked. It may get worse. It probably will get worse. It will even get much, much worse (the Bible tells me so).

But in the end, the very end, God will reign. And we, who believe, will live forever in His presence, in His Kingdom.

There and only there, we will experience our 'happily ever after'.

The End.

1 comment:

Mom To Six said...

How many "Amens" can I give you?

We must accept the fact that God allowed this to happen and he WILL be glorified. We need to keep our eyes on Him.

Scary times? I thought they would be, but after being reminded that "he goes before me always", it will be OK.

Hugs,

Ohilda