Now Do it!

2 Samuel 3: 17-18 (NIV)

17 Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king. 18 Now do it! For the Lord promised David, ‘By my servant David I will rescue my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.’”

After Saul had killed himself, his son, Ish-Bosheth became king of Israel for two years.  While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul.  He was the commander of Saul’s army.  Ish-Bosheth made the mistake of insulting his commander by accusing him of sleeping with Saul’s concubine.  Abner was very angry with this accusation and basically told him outright that he will transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul.  Ish-Bosheth no longer dared to say another word to Abner as he was afraid of him.

Abner knew that the kingdom was promised to David by an oath from the Lord.  Unfortunately, he was on the opposite side of David and finally got the opportunity to do what he wanted to do when he was insulted by Ish-Bosheth.  The elders of Israel knew Abner wanted to make David his King so they just told him bluntly, “Now do it!”  Abner has waited long enough to take action.  This is the response that God wants from us when we have a plan to repent of a sin or to improve in an area of our lives.  Instead of just consulting, planning and organizing, sometimes you just need to get the ball rolling and start to take action.  These are practical words that we can use in any area of our lives.  We’re well into the new year and many of us has made resolutions, but have we started doing it?

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