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David Danced. Michal Mocked.
2 Samuel 6.16, 20-23
And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart...Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
Sometimes, we as believers and followers of the One True Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel) will:
- do things that others do not understand
- do things that others do not agree with
- do things that others will despise
Do not expect that your life and choices that you make in regards to your life with Jesus, will not offend others. It will. In fact, your life will most often offend others, even if you know it or not. It is just like with David, he worshiped the LORD, praised the LORD, and danced before the LORD, and his own wife mocked and despised him.
- If you are financially blessed, expect others to be in unbelief if you chalk your blessings up to the direction that the LORD has given you.
- If you have peace and joy, expect others not to see or understand when you explain that it is because of Jesus.
- If the LORD sends you on a mission to share a word with someone, don't be surprised if they reject what you say.
- If you obey the LORD, you can be assured that others will think you are being 'legalistic' if you obey Him more than they do.
- If you worship the LORD like David, by dancing, be assured you may get laughed at or looked at as though you are a bit over the edge.
- If you stand for righteousness, do not be blind to the stones that may come flying at you, yes, even from other Christians (the stones are figurative).
- If you dress different from 'the world' and are more modest, for example, others may think you are strange.
- If you pray over meals and during birthdays, look out - eyes may start rolling.
- If you praise Jesus for good weather - be sure you will be labeled a 'Jesus-freak' (even if it's just thought in the other person's mind).
- If you remark on examples of the 'beginning of sorrows' that are in our land (frequencies of earthquakes, bad-weather, climate change, floods, pestilences, wars, etc.), be sure you will be seen as those 'people' that carry signs that warn people to be saved before 'the end' comes.
The examples could go on and on...
But fear not, lovers of Jesus, for He sees all and knows all. And just as Michal was barren - whether it was because the LORD closed her womb or because David no longer went to her - she was barren for the attitude and mockery that she imposed on David. And at that, while she was barren, David was blessed (2 Samuel 7). And in your situation, if you are truly following and obeying and loving the LORD according to His Word, His Will, His Truth, His Spirit, you may see others spiritually barren while you are spiritually blessed. Does this mean you walk with your nose in the air and your head held high above all others? Of course not...We should always remain humble and in prayer for those around us; that they would see and behold the Light of the Truth - the LORD Jesus for themselves. We should always have a spirit of forgiveness and of charity. Does that mean accept all and lower your standards for living - No. But it means doing as Christ Jesus said:
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans do the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?...Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.