A die-hard faithful servant
1 Kings 1:11-14
By Pastor Wu
We are living in a time when truth isn’t always told and faithful die-hard prophets are needed for the truth to be told. What does a true and faithful servant of the Word of God look like? They have three most obvious characteristics: they are willing to take the risks to disclose the facts, courageous enough to face and challenge life-threatening pressure from all sides, and never speak a word for their own benefits but always speak on behalf of the just and righteous God.
Take Nathan as an example. 1 Kings 1:11-14 tells us how the prophet took risks to disclose a coup against King David so that the Kingdom of Israel can move forward with the will of God. When the young Adonijah staged a coup, he was obviously the one with the greatest potential to become the next king. Nathan could have taken side with Adonijah, the promising oldest son of David who had support from the military and some high priests. However, faithful to the promise of God that Solomon would be the next king, Nathan courageously stepped in to break the dangerous situation and brought the country back on track. Nathan doesn't side with Adonijah; he always sides with God.
A faithful servant of the Lord is also bold in face of pressure from all side, particularly from the authorities. 2 Samuel 7 records how God asked Nathan to tell David that He didn't desire David to build Him a house, even though David wanted to do so. If I were Nathan, I would hesitate to stop the king’s wish and risk offending him. But Nathan didn't. He sided with the truth and spoke boldly on behalf of God.
We are living in a time when prophets like Nathan are needed. We are the children of God. We are supposed to grow into the image of Jesus Christ and grow in faith in becoming a prophet faithful to the Word of God. Let us take courage, with the wisdom from our Lord, to be God’s truthful and faithful prophets in our times.