“And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people…” (2 Sam. 8:15).
We all know that there is one constant in life, and this is change. Why do so many of us fear to have to make a change? It is because it forces us to move away from our areas of comfort into a place of the unknown. An unknown is a place of uncertainty. When we are not certain about something, we begin to become anxious because it means we realize that we cannot control or manipulate the new situation. However, change encourages growth and growth is not always going to feel good. But God never promised to make us always feel good either, did He?
Understanding The Text
In this portion of Scripture, we observe David establishing his kingdom’s organizational infrastructure. To some, this is a demonstration of innovation and forward thinking. To others, it is a step away from traditional principles for living. We must, however, realize that there are dangers on both sides.
The danger in innovative and forward thinking is that we may stray into foreign territory that can lead us away from God’s Kingdom Agenda. Not all new methodologies are bad, but some can introduce elements of secular thinking which contradict the Word of God. This is precisely what Samuel the Prophet wanted to avoid (1 Sam. 8).
The danger in holding onto traditional principles is that it has the potential to place God within a box. Tradition and religion have been known through the ages to place limitations on God’s activity among His people. The main argument in this line of thinking is that the God and His Word does not change. Although these are true statements, we must remember that each generation of humanity does change. This means that approaches to life must change which will challenge the life as we have always known it as well. This is precisely the direction God knew things must progress to accomplish His purposes through the Davidic lineage and Israel.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because, in today’s Christian circles, we are faced with an increasingly secularized form of religion. This frame of thinking has infiltrated the Body of Christ, and therefore, it is understandable why some are resistant to change. However, when the change is healthy and creates an environment that fosters spiritual growth within the Body of Christ, then we must be willing to step aside and allow God to manifest His Kingdom Agenda.
We are resistant to change because it forces us to cease by hiding behind the excuse of “this being how we have always done things”. When we move from behind this excuse, we allow ourselves to move into an area of absolute trust and dependence upon God. Change makes us feel uncomfortable and also forces us to have to unlearn so that we may become spiritually aware of what God is doing (Isa. 43:18-19).
We also shun change because of a lack of our own understanding. God does not always unveil the deeper meanings of life’s mysteries to us all at once. Sometimes, we must learn to walk in obedience, even when we do not know where we are going or what is expected of us (Gen. 12:1-9; Rom. 4:13-25).
God’s ways are not our ways and neither are His thoughts anything like our ways of thinking (Isa. 46:9-10; 55:6-11). Because God’s ways and thoughts are so far above our own, how can we presume to think that we know how God is going to accomplish His Kingdom Agenda? We must be careful not presume to know the mind of God apart from what He reveals to us within His Word through His Spirit (1 Cor. 2:6-16).
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”