ALL TO THEE
TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 24
2 Samuel 24:22-24- Now Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and yoke of the oxen for wood. 23 All these o king, Araunah has given to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.” 24 Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.”
Many times when we consider the above passage, we get carried away by the king’s statement in verse 24 but we often forget the preceding declaration that triggered the statement.
The context of today’s passage is that God told King David to make an altar at Araunah’s threshing floor in order to stop the ongoing plague which occurred due to the king’s sin. That threshing floor was Araunah’s place of work, the place where he earned a living. From my deductions, Araunah loved his work and he was hard working. Why do I think so? Well, despite all the plagues and death in Israel at that time, he was still found at his duty post and that was where the king met him. It reminds me of a passage, Proverbs 22:29: Do you see a man who excels in His work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. Araunah was a man who did not give excuses just to avoid work; he was a committed man.
When this diligent man saw the king coming from a distance, he went to bow himself before him with his face to the ground. This was a sign of honor and respect for the king. I see here that Araunah had a good response towards the king. As a believer, a subject in the kingdom of Christ, what is your response to the King of kings whenever He comes to you? Do you recognize Him regardless of the form He takes when He approaches you? Or are you like the people who belittled Christ because they thought he was just the son of a carpenter? (Other forms possible are found in Matthew 25:35-36).
What is the state of your mind when you meet the One who should be the king of your Heart? Do you respond with all that is within you bowing before Him or are you nonchalant? Araunah went out to the king and bowed before Him. Will you step out of your comfort zone to bow before the King of kings and Lord of lords today?
After he bowed before the king, he asked for what the king wanted from him. And guess what? The king asked for that which was precious; his daily source of income, that which brought food to his table every day- his threshing floor! Wow! So how was he going to survive? How would he meet his needs and that of his family? I imagined that all these questions would flash through his mind thereby influencing or delaying his response to the king. On the contrary, as soon as the king asked, he gave a rapid response, “Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and the yokes of the oxen for wood. All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king.” He gave it all to the king without a price on anything. How many times has God asked us for something as little as 5 minutes of our time and we place a price tag on that 5 minutes?
Whenever God comes to us, He desires a response like that of Araunah. God may ask for your career or source of income so that He can turn it into an altar of sacrifices, burnt offerings and peace offerings. God may want to turn your place of work or office to His altar: the place where sweet smelling savor rises to Him every day. If He comes to you today in the same manner in which He came to Araunah, will you hold back or release all to Him?
When Peter allowed his boat to be used by Christ as an altar in Luke 5:1-11, he caught so many fishes and had a net breaking experience. When God turns your boat or threshing floor into an altar, you will experience a change from that moment onwards and you will never be stranded because you gave. Remember that you received freely from Him so you should be ready to give freely. Let it be that you give Him free access to whatever He desires from your life or work. May the Lord give us grace to do so in Jesus name.
- Give me the grace to always worship you with all that I am and with all that you have given me in Jesus name. Amen.
AUTHOR: IFEOLUWA OLORUNTOBA
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