I Samuel 21–Refining

So the refining begins.  David was guilty of following God and honoring the King.  He had won the hearts of the people and the anointing of the Lord.  As a result—he would now begin a period of refining that would stretch his faith and character to the very brink of destruction.  WHY, is a very valid and obvious question.  The problem is God does not deal in whys.  Saul had departed from the Lord—but knew what God’s blessing looked like.  He had to Kill David to preserve his Kingdom.  But God’s plan is the plan that always prevails.

Refining is not about why, it is about God.  He creates us for a mission and prepares us to complete that mission in amazing and often life stretching ways.  As we are refined, we continue to search for God’s provision, protection and plan.  He reveals himself as we continue the journey.  We can only pray and follow him trusting that he will complete his plan in our lives. Though it may seem impossible, we have to seek him, trust him and follow him so he can refine us into the person he created us to be.

God Bless You

David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”

But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”

David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever[b] I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!” So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.

Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.

David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”

The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”

David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

You Got A Friend-I Samuel 19 part 1

Saul’s fear had won out.  He lost all sense of propriety and honor.  He had no interest in God or his plan, But God was still in charge.  God gave David a friend in Saul’s son Jonathan.  What a gift. Jonathan was heir to the throne God gave to David.  Rather than becoming bitter and feeling cheated, Jonathan became David’s top advocate and ally. Saul must have been amazed.  He wanted to clear Jonathan’s way to the throne but, Jonathan was standing in the way. 

When we follow the Lord, we realize he sets out the journey’s path.  We can no more change the course than we can create a universe.  We simply trust and follow God, and he will make the path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  Acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your path straight.” Jonathan and David understood, Saul did not.  If we honor God he will lead, guide and protect us.  He will put folks in our lives that will sacrifice, encourage and be there for us.  He will use us in others lives to do the same.  We simply have to submit to see the great blessing of such folks in our lives.  Thanks Lord for giving me such great friends and family.

God Bless You

Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”

Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?”

Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be put to death.”

Ruth 1 part 2–Walking Together

coaching%202What does it mean to be committed.  When we speak of relationships, it means we get into the lives of others wherever they are.  It is often messy—it is mostly thankless but it is always the most rewarding thing we could ever do.  Ruth, a young and beautiful woman had the opportunity to go back to her people and be safe and cared for.  She had her mother-in-law’s blessing.  But, she knew that leaving her mother-in-law would be a terrible thing for Naomi.  No husband, no sons, Naomi would struggle to survive.  She stepped up and became the friend and daughter Naomi needed. There were no assurances, neither knew how they were to survive—but, they were together and committed.

When we commit to others, we risk pain, sadness and have little idea where the commitment will lead us.  But, as we remain faithful, God protects, provides and blesses us through the lives we touch.  We learn how silly it is to judge, how useless it is to put on masks and how rewarding it is to journey together with others.  We learn so much when we are in others lives.  We see so many great things happen as we pray for and help one another.  We realize that we cannot do this alone, and really do not want to. Just as Jesus walked along with his disciples, so we need to journey together and not alone.  It is critical, that we never give in or give up on each other.  Help me, Lord to follow you with my life and make the journey with those I love.

God Bless You

15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,[b]” she told them. “Call me Mara,[c] because the Almighty[d] has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[e] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.


God’s Plan Esther 6 part 1

What irony, God—the God of paradox, does wonderful things to clarify that he is God.  God was not surprised that Haman was a selfish, godless man. Nor was he surprised that Haman was intent on killing Mordecai and the Jewish people. But, as is always the case, God set in motion a plan that showed his greatness and allow him to protect Mordecai and his people.  In the complete way God began to set in motion the complete reversal of man’s attempt to destroy God’s people.

God’s ways are still different than ours.  We often look at our circumstances and think we are lost and hopeless, but in his time, God begins to work his plan and we see his glory appear in our lives. If we submit to his leadership, honor his plan and seek him—then, we can enjoy his work.  The trick is waiting on him and allowing him to do the work. Help me Lord, to submit to you, trust you and watch you work.

God Bless You

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. 2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.

“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.

4 The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.

5 His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”

“Bring him in,” the king ordered.

6 When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”

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