Shut Up!

"Even if I had the weight of a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the King's son." -2 Samuel 18:1

Have you ever seen any of the Princess Diaries movies? If not, I’m not sure we can be friends until you do… just kidding (not really). It’s one of my absolute favorites and I will shamelessly ball tears of joy if they ever do make another one. There is also a really good chance that I will stand up at the end of the movie, hand over heart, and sing the entire Genovia anthem… yes, I know it’s not a real country.

Is there a point to my small fan girl moment? I hope.

There is this part in the first movie when Mia (aka Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo… okay I promise I’m done nerding out) finds out that after 16 years of living a normal life that she is actually a princess. And to quote the oh so gracious future queen, her response was, “shut up!”. This is exactly how I felt when I read this verse. 

At first, this verse may seem vague, kinda weird, and like one of the most unimpactful verses you’ve read, but with more context, it’ll rock your world. Leading up to this moment, David is the current king and one of his sons, Absalom, is way past the infamous teenage rebellious phase and well on his way to being a cruel backstabbing son. Absalom has forced his dad’s hand, and now his father’s army is on their way to battle with Absalom’s men (and you thought that your family drama was bad).

Before David’s army left, he commanded one thing:

"The king commanded Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, 'Treat the young man Absalom gently for my sake.'" -2 Samuel 18:5

Not many verses later, the Bible records that David soldiers “happened to meet” Absalom. When he made eye contact with them, his donkey got tangled in some branches leaving Absalom’s head caught in the tree. One of David’s men saw him dangling and ran to his leader (Joab) to report what he had seen. After telling Joab, Joab asked,

"Why didn't you strike him to the ground right there? I would have given you ten silver pieces and a belt!" -2 Samuel 18:11

To which this (nameless) fella responded (as we read before),

"Even if I had the weight of a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the King's son." -2 Samuel 18:12

Congrats! You’ve made it through the family drama and are working your way to connecting the dots between this messed up family and Princess Mia! We’re getting there!

The first time I read this, I thought it was so powerful that I highlighted it (the real defintion of impact)… but then I stopped there. I moved on and read the rest of the story because that was a total cliff hanger. However, a couple of weeks later, I came across this same passage and read what was highlighted once again. And this, my friends, is when the “shut up!” moment came.

You see, there are so many times that we give the enemy way more credit than he deserves. Although our mouths may say differently, our actions prove that we believe that he has more power than he really does. The fact that many of us deal with so much anxiety, worry, and fear is proof that we give the enemy more credit than he deserves. However, this verse proved to my heart that although he might enjoy bringing us down, he is terrified of touching us.

The fact that so many of us deal with so much anxiety, worry, and fear is proof that we give the enemy more credit than he deserves Click To Tweet

This is how the enemy feels when he even thinks about touching any of God’s kids. He is absolutely terrified because the {real} King is so protective of his babies.

In the story, this man refused to murder David’s son because he knew that although Absalom had done unspeakable things to his father, David still loved him. David had such a deep, unconditional love for his son, that his only command was that they treat Absalom gently. He feared the king and his love for his son; so he refused, even if offered the world, to lay a finger on him.

He could’ve tortured him while he was in the tree and still have been off the hook. He could’ve punctured him with his sword, beat him till he bled, or anything short of murder and still have been “safe” according to the king’s standard, yet he walked away. He knew the king was protective of his bloodline, even the ones who turned their backs on him.

The Bible says that when we confess that Jesus is our savior, we are instantly adopted by Yahweh {God}. That we are suddenly apart of the bloodline, that we recieve the inheritance of our Father. And just like any father, ours is protective of us. He is so overwhelmingly, madly, deeply, head over heels for us that He will do anything to protect us.

God is so overwhelmingly, madly, deeply, head over heels for us that He will do anything to protect us. Click To Tweet

We are now apart of a royal bloodline. The King’s blood runs through our veins. And just as this man in the story, as well as anyone with a brain should be terrified to even think about injuring a prince or princess, the devil is shaking in his boots. He knows that any foul move towards a member of royalty is bound to come with some terrible consequences. But we don’t remind him of this enough.

There comes a point in all of our lives that we have our own, “shut up!” moment. Unfortunately for some, this moment comes when God shows us who He really is when we get to heaven; others have this moment while living our day-to-day lives here on earth. One moment we are living life as though we are just trying to survive, and the next, we are told that we are actually of a royal bloodline. We are told that we are heirs to the throne and that our Father is sending His protective services. We have our, “shut up!” moment.

One moment we are living life as though we are just trying to survive, and the next, we are told that we are actually of a royal bloodline. We are told that we are heirs to the throne and that our Father God is sending His protective services. Click To Tweet

When we do, we need to tell the enemy that there will be consequences to his actions. We need to remind him from every moment forward that we are under protective services. If he tries to penetrate the protection? He has our Dad to deal with.

There should never be a time that we feel as though he is a great threat to us because we have the most intense, perfect protection in the world. Sure, he can try to hurt us as much as he wants, but in the end, our Daddy comes in and obliterates him. Our Dad is crazy over protective of His kids and will come against anyone who tries to hurt them.

So my prayer is no longer against the devil, but it’s changed to a challenge to him. I DARE him to even think about touching me. I dare to him to even look my direction. I dare him to even breathe on my friends’ situations. These might seem like some pretty bold statements, but I am bold because I know that I am a princess, a daughter of the King, and I come from a royal bloodline.

These might seem like some pretty bold statements, but I am bold because I know that I am a princess, a daughter of the King, and I come from a royal bloodline. Click To Tweet

I may not have secret service or an army of guards around me in the physical, but my Father and His army of angels have me covered in the spiritual. And to top it all off? I’ve read the last chapter, I’ve read the spoiler alerts… We win.

I dare you.

 

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3 thoughts on “Shut Up!

  1. Oh my. That is awesome. I’ve dreamed all my life of writing but will never get to this level. U are beyond amazing. I know the Lord has mighty plans ahead for u. Keep the words coming.

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