50. Stay close to God

Last week Solomon was crowned as king by David. And David, on his dying bed gave Solomon some advice. And the most important piece of advice was that Solomon must walk in the ways of God. And we know today that that piece of advice is still just as applicable to us today. We must be the super heroes today who will walk after God and in His ways. Therein lies true eternal and everlasting life.

After this piece of advice David died peaceably in his bed. He had a long and full life.

This has been an amazing journey for me and I hope for you too. This is the 50th devotion on David and I truly hope that it has blessed you as much as it has blessed me. So today I would just like us to have a look at David's life in summary.

David trusted in God since the days of his youth. As he was looking after the sheep he conquered lions and bears in the Name of the Lord. God loved him and noticed his faith. God sent Samuel to anoint David as king. His brothers and father didn't think much of him and were surprised that he was crowned king. But as we know, he didn't become king immediately. This was the start of a long journey for David. His experience with the sheep, led to David conquering Goliath. He trusted God inexplicitly. This act exalted him to a different level and into the house of the king, Saul. There he learned a lot of all the intricacies of being king. But Saul became jealous of David and tried to kill him. David had to flee.

David fled to the wilderness and God sent men who were down and out to him. God turned those men into mighty men and He used them to help David. It was more or less thirteen years since David was anointed king, until he finally became king. But in that time of waiting God had to teach him to trust in Him and His perfect timing, He taught him how to lead people, He taught him about war, He taught him about survival and following Him no matter what the circumstances. It wasn't all that easy for David to learn all these things. In fact David was at his lowest point in his life, right before he became king. The Amalekites conquered and burned down Ziklag where David and his men lived. They took everything David and his men owned, including their wives and children. When David and his men returned from the battle where they were, they discovered they had nothing. These mighty men broke down and started crying bitterly. They even plotted to kill David. So David at this point had literally nothing; no money, no possessions, no family and no friends. He only had God. And instead of being angry towards God, David turned towards God for help and comfort and God exalted David. Within a couple of days David and his men had retrieved all that they had lost and even more. And David was crowned king over Judah. He had to wait another seven years before he was crowned king over all of Israel, but he waited patiently and trusted God without wavering. He was indeed an amazing man.

Later on in his life a few deeds were recorded where he didn't walk in God's ways. But the amazing thing was that he was quick to repent and to follow God wholeheartedly again.

David was a man after God's heart. Why? Because he always trusted God and followed Him, no matter what the circumstances tried to convey. And this is what we must do as well. God simply want us to trust in Him and follow Him. We can throw away the list of do's and don'ts and just abide in His presence, just be in His presence. That is all that God desires. He wants us close to Him, in love with Him, filled with Him to the brim, consumed by Him. He wants us to never leave His side. That is what David did and God used him in a mighty way. Today He also wants to use you. Allow Him to; stay close so that you can hear His whisper. Then you can know that all that He has planned for your life will come to pass. Rejoice in that and all the good plans that He has for you:

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Father thank you that You taught us so many things this past year using Your servant David as an example to us all. We have learned so much from him. We also want to be children after Your own heart. We want to spend time in Your presence and just be with You. With You lie all the answers to this life, as well as Shalom peace. Thank you for that and that it is freely available to us all. We love You. Amen

1 comment for “50. Stay close to God”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, 31 May 2021 at 11:38:34 AM

    Thank you Lord for teaching us so much through the life of David. A timid shephard boy who became a victorious king, because he always trusted You!

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