2 Samuel 15:1-17:14
2 Samuel 15:21, “But Ittai replied to the king, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.’”
David’s son, Absalom, was all about creating an image that people would follow. He showed up at the right places, flattered the right people, and had the right look! Absalom was very handsome and became so popular that they considered him the most admired man in the kingdom.
But, underneath the outer shell of success, Absalom was driven by his desire to dethrone his father. He committed treason and divided the kingdom. And when Absalom’s government gained more prestige, one of David’s top aides defected to side with this young divisive and destructive leader.
Despite all this, David trusted God and put his fate in His hands. David was at peace knowing God was in control of Israel. David also had a loyal group of supporters, including Ittai, who chose to stick with David, no matter what.
When we find ourselves on the unpopular side, do we bail and follow the glamorous icons of our day or do we remain loyal to God? It’s so easy to get caught up in the outward glitz and glamour of the rich and famous. It’s tempting to buy into the social media images and soundbites. But God offers us so much more. Stick with those you know are seeking Christ and God’s will above all else. Because all the things of the world will fade away, but God’s kingdom will last forever. So, no matter what, go with God. Do so, and you’ll always be on the winning side.
Lord, Help me be loyal to You in all things and in all parts of my life. Surround me with others who are committed to You so I can live out Your best. Amen.