Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 8 (day five)

“King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.”

I believe David’s main goal or priority in the battles and wars in chapter 8 was not victory. He was indeed a mighty warrior and effective leader. Yet, I think His objective/purpose was something more meaningful and significant- obedience (to God). From David’s obedience came victory. There’s is a dramatic and noticeable difference between the two.  If victory was the main goal, the focus and attention would have been on David. His own efforts, his own skill, and wisdom. There would have been no room for praise and gratitude to God. No place for dependence on Him.  But, there was. Plenty!  Obedience to God keeps the focus and attention on Him. Obedience causes thankfulness, humility, and dependence.  We see these in David’s relationship with God in chapter 8. Is your goal only victory or something larger and more meaningful-obedience? 

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

2 thoughts on “Obedience”

  1. Thank you for what you’ve shared, Scott. The insight the Lord has given you has really penetrated my heart and caused me to consider my motives for doing anything- from my past or in the present- and brought me to grieve and repent of the times I have and am striving for victory instead of obedience to the Father. Too much focus has been given on being successful in what I do (because I don’t want to look like a failure) which does not bring Him glory if it is a success. This is indeed a life lesson I will not forget. Thanks for your obedience.

  2. Yes! This is so profound. Thank you Scott for this instruction. God used this to make me realize that my focus has been on myself – what I want to accomplish, and what my goals are, instead of focusing and giving attention to the ONE who does the work and gives the victory. Now as I obey His Word, I can leave the results with HIM and give praise and glory to God.

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