Tuesday, April 23, 2013
David or Daniel
David was a great warrior and I do indeed see the inclination to prepare and protect. But it was also a lonely and ultimately tragic experience. David had moments of glory. Defeating Goliath and just about every army that dared fight him. Taking the office of King. Marrying and having children. Possessing great wealth and commanding the loyalty of his people. Being called a man after God's own heart using his gifts as a Psalmist to worship and praise God constantly. But he spent many, many years on the run. Hiding in caves, eating off the land, hunted like a dog. His many marriages caused feuds between the different kids of each wife. Incest, rape, and even murder visited his home and his life toward the end reads more like a Shakespearean tragedy than anything else.
Then you have the Daniel or even Joseph stories. Two equally important Biblical figures to David but very different situations when trouble came their way. Both ended up being slaves to godless nations. Daniel's situation was a result of his country being taken over by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army. Yet he found a way, within that pagan system to stay loyal to God (even taking stands when his life was on the line) all the while serving those that were in power. He became a servant to the imposing government and ultimately was deemed by that system to be of utmost value and importance. It tends to remind me of Christ's own words when He speaks of being last in order to be first. Coming to serve, not to be served.
But both men were men of God and both men had trials beyond measure of imagination. Neither of them avoided strife with their particular strategy. So...what do you think? Should the worst happen here...are you a David or a Daniel? And even if you would never choose to serve any kind of New World Order, would you necessarily war against it?