If King David had a Facebook page….
Sounds ludicrous right? I can hear all the minds of theologians saying “Are you kidding me?” Just stick with me for a moment and you will see where I am going.
King David, even with all of his foibles and hang ups was STILL chosen by God and anointed and called “a man after His own heart.”
Acts 13:22 says “And when He had removed him (Saul), He had raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘ I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’”
David was authentic and didn’t let the opinion of others or their approval (or lack thereof) keep Him from following God’s plan for his life. He brought all of His issues to God and leaned on Him even when others didn’t “get” him. He was David, and when he screwed up, he sought God. When things were going great, he sought God. David wrote many of the Psalms and what he wrote could possibly be summed up like this:
God this thing stinks and that thing stinks, BUT God I praise you.
God this thing is awesome and that thing is awesome, and I praise you
Over and over, he praises God, even if he’s in the middle of the struggle….but I find it interesting that his writings in the Psalms are real about the struggle. That’s what makes his life so powerful to me.
I LOVE Facebook because I LOVE people, but here’s what concerns me….that maybe we (I included) so quickly share our victories but rarely share our struggles. I know I appreciate it when someone opens up to me and shares how God got them through something. There seems to be a disconnect somewhere….eveyone’s life can’t be as perfect as it seems on Facebook right?
Well, I’m prone the think that they aren’t. I get it, I really understand. We want people to see our pretty side and not the ugly things. I get it, I really do….but how is that real?
It takes COURAGE and SECURITY to reveal ourselves. Sometimes on Facebook, I wonder if I will know literally allllllllllll about someone…what they ate, what they’re doing, etc. It’s so easy to reveal surface stuff and rarely delve into the nitty gritty of life……which obviously requires wisdom.
Here’s my point:
Revelation 12:11 says “…they overcame him (the Devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” How can we share Jesus if all we ever share is our tip-toe through the tulips side of our walk with Him?
I have stared Hell in the face many times, been tripped up, messed up, and broken….sometimes to the point that I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get up again. I also have overcome many, many battles that I’m pretty sure lots of people don’t know about. I have also had AMAZING mountain-top moments with God.
When we only share our mountain-top moments though, those hanging out in the valley might wonder if they are disqualified for some reason.
David is a pretty good example in that he was transparent with his struggles, but always brought it back to God. I think that is where the difference is. On Facebook, many share their struggles, but rarely point it back to God….OR they just share their mountain-top moments with God. Jesus is in the middle of ALL of those moments and is with us in the valley and the mountain-top even if we don’t understand and THAT is what makes us relatable and THAT is what brings hope. We are all in different seasons and places. Be courageous and don’t be afraid of your struggle and what people will think…God isn’t.
Thanks for that post David.
It’s been an honor to spend this time with you. Thanks.