At church today our pastor spoke on the 2nd part of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Some Dreams Can’t Come True”. And if this stuff doesn’t make you want to read the Bible, I don’t know what will! The passage he spoke from is 2 Samuel 15-16.
King David is now older, he’s got lots of young adult children and a successful reign as king! To make an amazing and long story short, his first son (and heir to the throne) Amnon rapes his half sister Tamar. Absalom, Tamar’s brother avenges this crime by murdering Amnon. Soon, Absalom decides to take over the throne and overthrow his father’s reign.
David takes his family and his servants and LEAVES the city! He leaves! He packs it up! The priest wants to take the Ark of the Covenant, to show that God is with David. But David won’t do it. He says, “If I find favor in the LORD’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.” Sound familiar? Jesus said almost the same thing in the garden before he was arrested & crucified, “Not my will but yours be done!”
David had a choice. He could have stood at the gates of the palace, sword in hand and fought for his RIGHT to the throne. His God-given right, no less. But he knew that fighting, freaking out and panicking would do nothing. So, he let God sort it out. He walked away. If God wanted Him to have the throne, he’d be the king. If God wanted Absalom to be the king, that’s what would happen. David was up for either–he just wanted God’s way to come to pass.
You might know the end of the story, eventually David’s army & Absalom’s army meet in battle. Absalom begins to run away and his head gets stuck in the branches of a tree. David’s men find him and kill him. David the true king enters the city devastated that his son his dead.
What a sad story! But God’s will was done despite the disobedience and rebellion of Absalom. God’s will was done because David got out of the way. It was probably the best-case scenario because David decided not to take matters into his own hands. (as opposed to what happened last week when he took matters into his own hands!)
I kind of struggle with this story & it’s application. I know God has worked out a plan for me. I know He’s got a good plan. But after our last few bad experiences in ministry (our dream), I feel like that original dream has died. And I don’t know what the new one is. I don’t know if I should walk away like David and let our new phase of life just come to us, “if God wills it”. Or should I be seeking out what God wants? I don’t want to be the one who just says, “Well, if it’s His will…” and then waits around for 100 years.
When we have our dreams snuffed out the temptation, our pastor said, was to let this river of anger, hopelessness (or whatever) take over and to be swept away with it. I don’t want to be that way. I know what it feels like to be drug around by others and their demands. I don’t want to be taken for a ride by my own disappointments.
So, the question for you and me is how are we going to react when our dreams die? Will we fight? Will we wait on God? Will we wallow in hopelessness? Live in anger? Cower in fear? Hopefully we will lean hard into the only One who’s ever been in control.
They closed the service with this song. Apparently, this song was written after the writer and his family experienced a miscarriage.