After all the confirmation that King David received, it would have been easy for him to have the divine clarity that we all so desperately want and pray for. After reigning in Hebron for years, though, it would have also been easy for him to settle for “good enough,” remain where he was, and rule in his small “lane” of God's kingdom. But God had spoken something more to him. God wanted him to be the first legitimate king to the bloodline of Jesus. This was confirmed to King David by many witnesses. That confirmation provided him with the clarity and confidence he needed to establish and solidify his full reign.
I have heard some people criticize King David for the way he created relationships with multiple women after becoming king. I get this. In Western society this is taboo. But in those days, it was a “kingly” if not godly way to establish one’s authority and rulership. I believe that although he should have sought God in this area and not conformed to the system, the level of clarity and confidence he had in his role almost required that he present himself as a legitimate ruler to the nations around Israel. This is something that we can see in recent history with the establishment of the nation of Israel in the first half of the 20th century. The nation adopted democracy, other western qualities, and made treaties with Great Britain and the US to legitimize their nation and be seen as a cooperative global partner. Politics aside, these strategies often help all types of organizations build confidence with their peers, colleagues, and competitors.
If we want clarity in our direction with God, it is vital that we understand the language process that precedes it. Speaking to Jesus first is key. Confessing his words next is the evidence of faith that we have in what Jesus spoke. And sharing the confirmation is the first step to helping us and others have the clarity we all need to be confident in our actions and next steps.
Hear it. Seek it. Speak it!
Living Always With Great Expectation,