Don't Achieve. Receive!

Saul wanted David to be his son-in-law but David wasn’t interested.  At least until….

The story is told us in 1 Samuel 18.  After David’s amazing victory over Goliath, King Saul wanted him to be a part of his family.   He offered his daughter to David.  But David couldn’t fathom the idea of being a part of the royal family.

It helps us to understand better where David is coming from to recognize that, unlike today, there was no such thing as “upward mobility”.  Whatever station in life you were born into determined your social status until you died.  These things rarely changed.

In David’s mind, he was a peasant.  He came from a peasant family and was considered the lowest member of his family at that.  He had no business dreaming of becoming part of the royal family.  That didn’t happen.  To him, it was inappropriate.  More than that, it was unfathomable.

So he declined.  Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law? (1 Sam 18:18).

Saul asked him again and he declined again: Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man (1 Sam 18:23).

But then something changed his mind.  Saul changed his approach.  David was told that the king established a price to enter into his family:  Kill 100 Philistines and you’re in.

Now that was something David could relate to.  “I’ve got an opportunity to earn my way in,” David thought.  And without reservation, he did.  And he married Saul’s daughter Michal.

It’s interesting to observe the mindset of David because it is often the mindset you and I have:  God offers an invitation to us to come into a place of deeper relationship and greater blessing.  But if we cannot figure out a way where we can earn our way – where we actually somehow deserve to be there, we can’t even consider the abundant grace the Father wants to lavish on us.

Here’s the word the Holy Spirit spoke to me about this as I was meditating on this passage: 

Do not let what you think you can achieve limit what you can receive from me.  Saul had ulterior motives when he gave David the invitation to come closer.  My motive is only that I delight in you.

I want to bring you to a place of greater blessing and deeper intimacy.  Stop looking for a way to earn it.  Just receive it.  Accept my invitation and enter in.

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