The US elections are history … and Barack Obama has won. It will not surprise most to see that the sun still rises and heavens have not fallen. The relief from a stormy fiery battle for power is assuaging … and the networks are on a brief break to find another big story. Both winner and losers soon find they have challenges. It is not always so obvious when we get what we want that we have found what we initially sought. Victories are full of its deceptions and one of its myths is that it is always sweet. What we learn from victory or defeat tends to reinforce what we should already have known. The clear difference in the platforms provides enough guidance for stakeholders to make needed adjustments. All can be winners by learning.
David came back from a heavy loss at Ziklag to recover all from Amalek only to be embroiled in a different internal battle … how to share the spoils. The protagonists this time do not contend on open media but these poisonous fighters insist that their investments in time, love and support for David must now yield the promised dividend. David disagrees.
1Sa 30:22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart. 23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand. 24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. 25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day. 26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;
I have often seen – even amongst brethren, a wicked “winner takes all” posture that Is quick to freeze out many. The Bible identifies love as the ultimate test of who a Christian really is - and it is love for the less congenial that proves this virtue to onlookers. Simply put - how we win will determine if we are sons of Belial or sons of God. We may not be as comfortable with kissing our Judas … but if Judas had not hung himself we can learn from the truth that Christ would most likely have sought him out … like He did for another traitor - Peter.
1Jn_4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
President Obama is not King David and we cannot ordain that politicians should throw their hands generously to the dangerous opposition or the less ardent supporter to share in the spoils – but this can be the decent thing. Christians know that their enemies are not physical but wicked spiritual arrangements arrayed to frustrate the purpose of God. That is why the Bible is also clear that we should pray for all our leaders (tools in the real battle) and especially those able to impact events at a global scale - even if and especially when we did not admire or vote for them. This is commanded and is wise. Still, from the perspective of God, little has changed. He still reigns and His plans have not been dented - not even slightly.
Note also that not all that went with David are men of Belial. This suggests that there are not as many wicked parties, groups or associations … as there are wicked men. Ponder these truths as we felicitate and pray with winners all over the world. The real losers are the wicked men and women of Belial. All assemblies tend to have them …
In the story of Joseph is another model of Christian forgiveness, love and generosity, even when Jacob his father dies and the opportunity to get even emerges. The author has written a new devotional “Songs of Joseph” published by Authorhouse to be released soon.
Come to Christ and be a winner – always.