What Does Covenant Look Like? Pt7
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
Betrayal, unfortunately, is something that happens in life. It is something that eventually we all will experience. The way to rebound from betrayal is to stay in covenant with the people that haven’t betrayed you.
Too many times, out of the depths of hurt, people will write off those who haven’t hurt them. One of the best ways to keep going is to hang on to those who haven’t betrayed you. (And if you can’t find anyone, then you are running with the wrong tribe and it’s time to get connected to the right people.)
The Backstory: David is on the run for his life. He had been a successful king, but now his son has risen up against him. It’s an ugly situation. David is experiencing the depths of betrayal. But then something supernatural happens, and David sees God’s provision in a great way.
2 Samuel 17:27-29
Now when David had come to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, brought beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils, roasted seeds, honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were with him, to eat. For they said, “The people are hungry and exhausted and thirsty in the wilderness.”
Machir: This is the same person who previously rescued Mephibosheth when he was 5 years old and kept him in his house for about 15 years at great risk of his own personal life. And now we see evidence of his covenant again as David is on the run.
Those men brought great provision for David and the people who were with him because “...The people are hungry and exhausted and thirsty in the wilderness.” A demonstration, a manifestation of people who are walking in covenant is that there is a supernatural provision that is extended to them.
Provision is a result of vision.
These men saw David and those with him as their guys. Even though it looked like David’s “team” was going to lose, those men were in covenant with them and came to their aid. That’s the very thing that Machir did with Mephibosheth. (The end of the story is that God turned the tide and restored David back to his throne.)
Meeting a covenantal need is the right thing to do. Our time, talent, and treasure that God has given to us is not our own, because we are in covenant. One of the marks of a person in covenant is they look at their life and don’t see their blessings as their own. They see those blessings as belonging to God, and they are just the stewards of it.
The essence of covenant: Your enemies are my enemies, and your friends are my friends. I’m going to do everything I can do to stand with you and everything I can to support you.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you.
Seek first the Kingdom. It’s not seek first the things, but the Kingdom. I believe that the essence of the Kingdom is covenant relationships—people that we are all in with. When you have that in your heart, I believe that God will put it in someone else’s heart to be there for you.
COVENANT PEOPLE SEE GOD’S PROVISION. Covenant people are part of God’s provision for other people. Covenant people team up with other covenant people to bring God’s provision to people who don’t even know about covenant.
Obedience produces vision, and vision produces provision.
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