In the world but not of it

October 13, 2009

Knowing what you don’t know…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

2 Samuel 18:4 if you think that’s the best plan, I’ll do it,
the king finally agreed

One of the greatest pressures we face in life is to be
viewed as someone who is “always in the know”. However, it is a pressure we place
on ourselves.

We want people to think more of us than is true. No one
wants to be left out or looked at as someone who is not informed. Sometimes in
haste to show our knowledge of a subject (or lack of it) we’ll say just about
anything that comes to mind, even making something up…

It is okay and quite freeing to not have all the answers.
One of the strengths I see in King David was his willingness to listen and heed
council. Despite some of the mistakes he made as a leader he respected those
around him and acknowledged quite often that their plans and recommendations
had merit.

I believe this is a critical characteristic desperately
needed in the lives of people today regardless of their role in life. It is not
enough to simply acknowledge someone’s good idea. We must have an attitude of
being teachable, willing to admit we don’t know something and be able to remain
teachable.

In this passage David was under tremendous pressure
surrounding the rebellion of his son Absalom. He was not only trying to hold on
to his kingdom as a King but also under great strain as a father. His emotions
were torn and I’m sure he realized that his decisions might be motivated by the
wrong reasons. What did he do? He took the counsel of those closest to him. He
accepted their plan realizing that they were probably thinking the situation
through in a more rational manner.

God has surrounded you and I with certain people in our
lives. God can speak through anyone in our lives whether they profess to know
Him or not. Don’t limit God.

The best thing we can learn is to listen and seek input from them. The
Bible says there is wisdom in a multitude of councilors (Proverbs 11:14).

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