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King David’s Wisdom

July 9, 2019

There is much evidence throughout David’s time as king, where he knew more than you would expect. We read these comments: “My lord (David) has wisdom like that of an angel of God—he knows everything that happens in the land” (2 Samuel 14:20).

Another time one of the soldiers said to David’s commander, “nothing is hidden from the king” (2 Samuel 18:13).

It reminds us that: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

To be an effective king, like David, you need to know what is happening in your kingdom. Likewise, God knows what is happening in his kingdom. Nothing is hidden from God. There is great comfort in this. We can be taken by surprise, but God never is. We can trust his all-knowingness. Since he knows everything, it doesn’t matter if we don’t.

One of the surprising things my husband and I have discovered in ministry is that if we need to know something, God will find a way of telling us. Often, it’s through people who unknowingly volunteer information that turns out to be helpful. It’s happened so often that now we will say to each other, “if we need to know, God will tell us.”

I imagine this was true for David too, he would have appointed trusted people but he also would’ve looked to God to give him the information he needed. However, not all information is equal so God gave David the gift of wisdom, to use information well. God also encourages us to ask for wisdom. James writes: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

While David was a wise king, he points us towards an even wiser one, Jesus. We can trust his wisdom.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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