1 Chronicles 10-11, Zechariah 1
Just in case you forgot that we’re imperfect. Or you’re just looking for an 80s New Wave flashback.
Lebron James is currently blowing up my Facebook feed — I can’t imagine what Twitter looks like right now.
The end of his tenure with the Miami Heat has produced great interest, ire, and in some ways, reverence. It seems the whole nation is enraptured by the every move this man makes. I even saw one post this week that featured a picture of moving trucks in front of Mr. James’ house.
We’ve become obsessed with the behavior of others. We “follow” people, watch for trends, and make highly opinionated comments whenever they do something — anything. And we revere these people, if not outright worship them.
But we don’t recognize how dangerous this is. The Bible makes this truth clear.
The demise of Saul
Saul was set up for success, but died miserably. What happened?
So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.
He depended on his own idea of how to conduct his life, even though his very position as king was something God allowed, a privileged position granted to him in response to all the whining Israel was doing.
People like to believe they’re “free” when they live life on their own terms when they’re really living dangerously far from God’s favor.
David’s conduct in contrast
David’s status update:
So David went on and became great, and the Lord of hosts was with him.
What made David “great”? It wasn’t magic.
Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel.
There are two important factors involved in David’s “success”:
1) Obedience to God
2) Dependence upon God
Return to me
People are fickle, unforgiving, and vindictive. That might not seem obvious up front, but if you spend any time examining what people say on social media, it’s terribly evident.
If humans are so unstable, why do we depend so heavily on what they do and compare them to ourselves?
Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.
Does not God want our attention again? Must we continue to react to others’ behavior and opinions?
Is it possible that we do not NEED the approval of man?
Notice that it says “Lord of hosts” three times in the same verse. He’s talking about angels, which we like to talk about a lot, and some people even worship those guys. But wouldn’t it make sense to revere the being that all those angels revere?
May you be reminded today that man is mortal and flawed, but God is unlimited and eternal.