Ruling as Children.
Week beginning: 28th October, 2018 | By Tim Laurence | Cambridge
I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.2 Samuel 7:13-14 (NKJV)
Often we are told that a 'Christian lawyer' is an oxymoron. But sometimes we ourselves still struggle to see how our 'working life' in the office relates to our 'spiritual life'.
Another entry point for this conversation is suggested in our text. Here God's promise to David - pointing to Solomon and then to Christ, and us in him - highlights two themes which are connected throughout the Bible: kingship and sonship. Whether it is Adam or Israel, Christ or God's people today, the Bible says we have these two interconnected roles: to exercise godly dominion in God's world, reflecting his rule; and to do it in relationship with God as his children expecting a gracious inheritance.
For David himself in Psalm 27 he knew that during the pressure of kingly responsibilities, surrounded by enemies, he could also take comfort in his sonship: "in the time of trouble he will hide me...when my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me." Psalm. 27:5, 10 (NKJV).
Let's resist a culture of self-sufficiency in the legal world. As Christians we can work hard in the justice system within the security of a relationship of dependence and protection from a heavenly Father. Will we run to this Father in our times of trouble at work this week? Each of us can then defeat another oxymoron too, and be a 'peaceful lawyer'.
1. Pray that in our pressured work as lawyers this week we work with the comfort, peace and security which befits being children of God, as we rest in his protection.
2. Pray that colleagues will see that our work flows out from our inner spiritual confidence and identity that we are secure and loved as God's children, expecting an inheritance which doesn't depend on our own effort - so that they too come to know that King Jesus is the Son of God.