Welcome to week number three of the Uninvited online Bible study featuring best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst! This week, Lysa's teaching segment looks at a fascinating story from the life of one the key figures in the Old Testament... David, the man who later became a great king of Israel. But before he was king, he suffered his own deep-seated experiences of rejection, fear and even extreme reactions to these hurts. Join us, as we see what we can learn from this experience from this storied man's life–and where true freedom is found.
Long before we ever see David as the greatest king of Israel, we first see that he struggled with being overlooked, taken for granted, rejected, and even subjected to fear of death; all despite his great acts of courage and faith. While most of us will never experience being hunted down by a jealous monarch like David was, you may well have had experiences that parallel at least some of those David endured. You'll find great encouragement, coupled with an example of what a biblical response should look like, in this week's session with Lysa.
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Lysa reminds us all that even from his youngest days, David was often put down, overlooked and not taken seriously. First Samuel 17 records how his brothers, King Saul and even Goliath all mocked him... before he won that epic battle that day. In the prior chapter, we see that even David's father had overlooked him when the priest Samuel came in search of "God's anointed" as the next king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:1-16).
Truth is, every person has felt the sting of rejection or seeing their abilities and potential discounted by others–some of us more acutely than others. In 1 Samuel 24 and 25, as Lysa points out, we see what may well be the "end result" of these experiences earlier in David's life, as he responds in rash anger to Nabal. Doubtless the fear and anxiety that David had absorbed up to this point played a key part in his seemingly irrational and out-of-control response to this situation. As we see with the rear-view mirror perspective that history affords to us; his planned rash response could have cost David his throne!
Thank God for Abigail's quick intervention in a very volatile situation (1 Samuel 25:18-23), and the three steps she walked David through (Attention, Intention & Prevention) in verses 24-31 this same chapter. Don't you love the way Lysa summarizes these for us in her video segment this week...
God took care of Nabal, and the story between David and Abigail had a "Hallmark Channel" ending. The summary statement for this week's session is...With the fullness of God, we're free to let humans be human: fickle, fragile, forgetful; because we don't have to fear their rejection and be so desperate for their acceptance.
We can see David reflecting on the fullness of God in perhaps the best-known psalm that he authored–Psalm 23. It is based on his personal experience of receiving his fullness not from others or circumstances, but from the Good Shepherd of his soul.
We can hear the promise of God to all of us for this same fullness in the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)...Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Now... if you've not already done so, it's time view this week's powerful teaching video featuring Lysa. As you view it, you'll come to a deeper understanding that the yoke of God is easy–because the yoke of God is FREEDOM–freedom from the fears of rejection, denial or discounting of you and your potential by others.
As you work through the study this week, don't forget to spend time in prayer as well. He longs to hear from you. Why not take a few minutes now, and ask Him to give you a heart to shepherd others, a heart of acceptance, love and sharing as you represent Him to those around you?
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