Genesis 35 final–Life marches on

Rachel gave Israel the man another son–Benjamin. She also gave Israel another tribe. In the process, she gave her life. A great loss to Israel. But, with now 12 sons the family was complete.  They were home and life as a nation was to continue. One thing Israel could count on was that things would remain challenging. Interfamily strife, death and struggle is inevitable even among God’s chosen. 

So it is in our lives. We no matter how centered in God’s plan are destined to meet life head on. And in it, we will face trials of every kind. The trick is to stay the course and not lose hope or faith. That is what sets us apart from those that are Godless. God will never leave or forsake us. That is the gift he promises. Take it and believe. 

God bless you. 

Leaving Bethel, Jacob and his clan moved on toward Ephrath. But Rachel went into labor while they were still some distance away. Her labor pains were intense.

After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, “Don’t be afraid—you have another son!”

Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni which means “son of my sorrow”. The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin which means “son of my right hand”.

So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath that is, Bethlehem.

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.”

I Samuel 17 part 1–The Giant is Real and Large

Israel had a very real problem.  They had an enemy with a champion that was almost 10 feet tall. That champion wore armor that was heavier than most in the Israelite army.  That giant wanted to fight any soldier from Israel winner take all. From Israel’s perspective, there was little to win and everything to lose.  Anyone looking at what the army faced, they had a very real problem.  It was not only sheer fear that kept the volunteers from lining up, it was the thought of a failure leading to the capture of the entire army.  From Saul down everyone understood the size of the giant and the implications of failure.

In our lives, we also face giants.  Whether spiritual, emotional, financial or professional, those giants are most times very real and very large.  When facing them, we, like the Israelite army not only analyze the problem personally—but also we look at the effect it has on those we care about and care for. What we see, though is that through our eyes, many of the giants we face are simply too big and too powerful for us to face.  BUT, from the Lord God’s perspective, they are nothing.  As we face each day and each giant, we have to walk by faith and believe that GOD not us is charged with facing the giants.  He alone will met and defeat them no matter how real or large they are.  Sadly, it takes patience and faith to meet the giants and face them—but, as we will see, doing so can change the world.

God Bless You

A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.[a] He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels[b]; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.[c] His shield bearer went ahead of him.

Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.