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2 Samuel 16 part 2–Sticks and Stones

Sometimes God allows us to be treated poorly and to be wrongfully accused.  There is no apparent reason, and retaliation really does not help.  In those times, those we love are often feeling more emotion and desire to strike back than we are.  David’s men wanted to erase this angry critic of David.  But, David, the wise king knew the murder would serve no purpose other than to make a martyr of his enemy and a worse villain of David.

 

In his word, God says—“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay!”  We need not spend our time and energy trying to right our being wronged.  We need to humbly follow the path he has set and allow God to protect, provide and proceed as our redeemer and Fan.  He will show us approved.  We will be known as his chosen and we will be honored as his bride.  There is simply nothing the world can say or do that will usurp his authority or devotion in our lives.  Let them talk.  Let them rant and rave!  In the end we will be at his side honored as his own and loved as his children.

 God Bless You

Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”

10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”11 David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”

13 So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.

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2 Samuel 2–Seeking God’s Plan

Even leading Israel proved to be Difficult.  David’s relationship with Saul had divided the Kingdom. His own tribe, Judah were the 1st to recognize him as King.  The rest of the nation had not yet listened to God’s plan.  David, however was patient and sought the Lord.  He went where the Lord let him and was gracious in the memory of the former King that tried to kill him.  He drew no lines nor did he condemn the former king’s loyal men.  Instead, he mourned with the nation and praised the loyalty of his army.

When things do not g as planned in our lives, it is very easy to throw a fit or turn bitter. But we have to be patient, we have to listen to God’s direction and we need to be gracious and kind as it relates to those we encounter.  As we do that, in his time, God will honor us and bring to pass even greater things for us.  In addition, we will build friends and support that will last a lifetime.

It is never wrong to be patient, it is never wrong to be gracious and finally it is never wrong to seek God’s direction for our lives.  Help me Lord to follow David’s example in my life

God Bless You

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

“Yes,” the Lord replied.

Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

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Matthew 18 part 1–Paradox

Paradox—God is a God of Paradox.  From a human perspective, we rarely see things like God does.  Yet, when we stop and reason it through, it does become clear God’s ways are usually better.  Take humility for example.  When we look for the greatest among us, we look in mansions, in professional sports arenas, in magnificent theatres and at the top of corporate towers. God says—you will rarely notice the greatest among you.  They will be selfless, unassuming, faithful and trusting.  They will be genuinely glad to see you and always thinking of ways to please and help—that is how little children respond.  They have yet to harden their hearts and become cynical. 

God wants us to rush to the back of the line and help those ahead of us to know Christ.  He wants us to simply and genuinely trust him and want to accompany him on the journey.  He wants our hearts to be pure and our expectations simple. Think of your kids, they simply love you and trust you—no strings attached.  Try it this week, walk with God as if you were a little kid.  Hold his hand, wait expectantly and drop any attitude or agenda.  You will stand amazed at the way God will meet you where you are and simply treasure your time together.

God Bless You

About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf[a] is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.