Rock the Boat
Today’s reading: I Samuel 17-18; Luke 15:1-10
14 And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him. 15 And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them. I Samuel 18:14-16
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:1-2
He who does God’s will is likely to attract the attention and animosity of the vested elite of society. David and Jesus turned the course of history by doing God’s will. They were both beloved by the rank and file people of their day but drew scorn and hostility from those whose positions of power were threatened.
David distinguished himself early by his passion for the glory of the living God who Goliath and the Philistines disrespected (17:26). So vocal was he that he irritated some and attracted others, even Saul (17:31). But David’s success with Goliath and in subsequent battles eventually unsettled Saul who was increasingly fearful of him. Saul began to look for ways to eliminate David. Saul sought his own glory and completely misunderstood the glory of God that David so passionately defended.
Jesus brought division to His society. The outcasts loved Him. He brought them hope of forgiveness and redemption. The Pharisees and scribes grumbled because of the Lord’s acceptance of sinners. They sought to justify themselves before God and completely misunderstood the holiness of God and His mercy toward sinners.
Those who know God well and proclaim His name faithfully are liable to upset the powers that be. Seek to know God well. Seek to lift up His name faithfully. Accept the consequences. God’s approval is all that matters. Go ahead, rock the boat.