“David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.” – 2 Samuel 8:15
When I read this verse yesterday, I read it over a few times and focused on three words: just, right, all. It can also be seen as “justice and equality,” “judgment and righteousness,” and the word “fair” is even used (ESV, Youngs, GW). When we look at our leadership today, do we see these things? When we look at our government, do we see these things? I’m not going to respond further to the recent news, the recent questions that have arisen. If you are a leader yourself at work or church, could someone see these things with your leadership? If you are a parent, are these things evident?
Saul was king before David, and nowhere do we read that he was “doing what was just and right for all his people.” As we look at King Saul, we see impulsiveness, we see a man who did not have a heart for the Lord. When we look at David, we read again and again that he inquired of the Lord, and that he was a man after God’s heart. He had a whole heart for the Lord. As a result, he tried to do what was “just and right for all his people.”
There is a lot of news in politics today, having nothing to do with fair leading and justice, but a lot to do with possible scandals. There is unfairness in the workplace and even at church. In our homes, there is at times favoritism and injustice.
Today, let us focus our eyes on the Lord and inquire of the Lord just like David did again and again. As you get closer to Him, you will find that you will have no part in other things, but you will only want to be “doing what was just and right” with everything you touch.
“Then they answered Joshua, ‘Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.’” – Joshua 1:16
When we say “whatever” and “wherever” to God, we are letting go of the reigns, agreeing that we are not in control. We are saying we will go wherever God points and we will do whatever God commands. Too often, when we agree to go wherever and do whatever, we like to keep it on our terms. We like to make loopholes or exceptions. If we do not make a way out, we still manage to fail again and again. To say “whatever” and “wherever” to God is a daily statement—a daily response with words and action.
When the Israelites said “whatever” and “wherever,” it did not stay that way for long. They messed up. We mess up too. But do not let that get in the way of following God and being in a relationship with Him. His grace is enough to carry us through. Our sin nature will corrupt our whatevers and wherevers from time to time, but He has already forgiven us and simply wants us to continue to grow closer to Him, to spiritually mature. Where are you at in life? Are you saying “whatever”? Are you saying “wherever”? What is holding you back? Today, take steps to get closer to God. Look to see what is holding you back. Pray for Him to open your eyes.