Immediately the kingdom is secure, David seeks to bring back the Ark. David looks for the wisdom of God in his dealings with his enemies and friends. David’s worldly success arose after years of faithfulness to the Lord, a faithfulness that stood firm when for those many years it looked like it was a waste of time. Be encouraged to continue faithful with God, even though it has brought you no worldly success to this point.
“And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.”
What a king David was! Unlike Saul before him and most of the kings after him, David had a zero-tolerance policy on the gods of other nations.
We have seen the destruction idolatry causes. We know the first command from our God – Have no other gods but ME!
How wonderful it is then that God Himself is our forever King that we follow.
We do not have to worry about our king straying to other idols. He is GOD – There is no other!
We can be encouraged with these words from Paul in 1 Corinthians 10,
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”
Because God is faithful we are called to flee from idolatry. Because He provides a way of escape from temptation, we are called to flee from idolatry.
We can follow David’s example today, to be singular in our devotion to the Lord, fierce in our rebuttal and rejection of anything not-God.
Let our hearts be after God’s own heart!
* Father God,
Thank You for the example of David.
Thank You for the better example of Jesus, who David points us to.
Thank You that You have saved us Lord God.
Thank You that You provide for us escape when we are tempted.
Please help us, encourage and exhort us, strengthen us to flee from idolatry.