Introduction: David’s son Absalom is trying to take the kingdom from him. Instead of fighting his son, David is going to run away. He doesn’t want to fight his son.
David’s people and servants are going to run away with him. One of his servants, Ittai, is a new man. He has just arrived the day before. David tells him to stay behind. David doesn’t want to make Ittai and his family travel so much when they had just arrived the day before. Let’s see what we can learn from this story.
Reading: 2 Samuel 15:13-23
Did Ittai go or did he stay behind? Ittai said he would go with his king. He was more loyal to the king than Absalom, the king’s own son. That loyalty and faithfulness is something God wants in all of us.
There will be many tough times ahead for people, and especially for children of God. The Lord says that people who follow Him will be hated by the world (1 John 3:13). And this imperfect world will bring us pain and sadness sometimes. But we should be loyal to our King. When we are loyal during battle, then our King will reward us when our battles are over.
MY HEART IS FIXED
My heart is fixed, my mind is made,
I shall not ever be afraid,
Love conquers fear, our God will do
What He has promised me – and you.
My heart is fixed, the things on earth
May lose their luster or their worth,
No anxious moments need be mine,
I rest in strength and power Divine.
My heart is fixed, I trust His Name,
Forever and a day the same,
His Holy Spirit from above
Will fill my soul with perfect love.
~ James A Sanaker (from Sourcebook of Poetry by Al Bryant)
For Further Study:
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 gives us an idea of how much good can be done by being loyal to one another and to God. More work can be accomplished (verse 9). We can help each other when one is hurt (verse 10). We can give each other care and comfort (verse 11). And those who “stick together” have a better defense against attack. Isn’t that what God’s family should do for one another? See 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15.
- Take some time to study these examples of loyalty:
Ruth (Ruth 1:16)
Jonathan (1 Sam 20:17)
Mary (Mathew 27:55-56)
Aquila and Priscilla (Romans 16:3-4)
Onesiphorus (2 Timothy 1:15-18)
- We should remember that being loyal to God means being loyal to His people. Who are the people in Christ’s kingdom who need you right now? Who are the ones who are struggling with their faith, or dealing with difficult life circumstances? How can you show your loyalty to them and encourage them to stay loyal to Christ?