September 19, 2018

2 Samuel 15:19–21 (NLT) — 19 Then the king turned and said to Ittai, a leader of the men from Gath, “Why are you coming with us? Go on back to King Absalom, for you are a guest in Israel, a foreigner in exile. 20 You arrived only recently, and should I force you today to wander with us? I don’t even know where we will go. Go on back and take your kinsmen with you, and may the Lord show you his unfailing love and faithfulness.” 21 But Ittai said to the king, “I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.”

Right now King David is not very popular in Israel. He is about to flee from Absalom. He doesn’t seem like the best person to be siding with if you want to come out on the winning side. However Ittai from Gath, who is a foreigner in Israel decides to side with David even if it means certain death.

King Jesus is not to popular America today. In fact siding with Him by all outward appearances does not seem to be a smart move. One could play it safe and go along with the crowd. But who wants to play it safe right? Will you side with Jesus if it means death to certain relationships? Death to compromise? Death to certain dreams? Death to having it your way? Death to your time? Death to your money? Death to comfort? Death to your plans? Death to certain careers? Death to certain kinds of pleasure? Maybe even physical death?

I want to be like Ittai who even though he was a foreigner passing through, he counted the cost and even if that cost was physical death, he was willing to follow the King. You?

Luke 14:25–28 (NLT) — 25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?

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  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    Even though David was a man after God’s own heart , he failed to guard his own heart. Up until his sin with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah God’s blessing was on everything David did. Even though David repented he still bore the consequences of those unspeakable sins. God removed His hand of blessing. Even though God kept his covenant with David (to always keep an heir on the throne) David’s life was never the same. What a lesson for us. I need to guard my heart.