Daily Archives: July 4, 2012

1 Kings 16,17,18; Acts 13:1-25

The word of God came to Jehad son of Hanani with this message for Baasha; I took you from nothin-a complete nobody-and set you up as the leader of my people Isreal, but you plodded along in the rut of Jeroboam, making my people Isreal sin and making me seethe over their sin &… That’s the way it was with Baasha : Through the prophet Jehu son of Hanani, God’s word came to him and his regime because of his life of open evil before God and his making God so angry-&…Zimri…for living a fragrantly evil life before God, walking in the footsteps of Jeroboam, sinning and dragging Isreal into his sins &…Omri lived an evil life-set new records for evil. He walked in the footsteps of Jeroboam son of Nebat, making God angry-such an empty-handed, empty-hearted life!” 1 Kings 16:1-2,7,13,19,25-26 MSG                                             

God knew when His leaders hearts were not right…when they were evil…so when He was searching for a new King of Isreal he went looking for a man like David…“After Saul had ruled for forty years, God removed him from office and put king David in his place, with this commendation: I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him. From out of David’s descendants God produced a Savior for Isreal, Jesus, exactly as he promised-” Acts 13:22&23 MSG                                                                                                

In the ‘David,’ Beth Moore study I am reading, she says;“God called David because he was a Shepard, not in spite of it…David’s occupation also made him a candidate for kingship. At first glance , few similarities appear between a Shepard and a king, but we will discover that David received invaluable experience keeping sheep. Psalm 78:70-71 states; “He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the Shepard of his people Jacob, of Israel inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them...Few things seem less spiritual than keeping smelly sheep, yet God used David’s skills for eternal purposes.” (Beth Moore, David, Seeking a Heart Like His, )                                                                                                                

Sometimes I think that what I am doing is not significant in the grand scheme of things. When it seems like no one was looking, God is. Few things seem less spiritual than…..changing diapers, cleaning up messes, doing laundry…what is it for you? What does it mean to have a heart that beats to God’s heart?                                                                                                                                     

Dear Jesus, Help me to remember that you see my heart. Help me to be obedient even in the seemly small things and to pursue You with all my heart. Amen

Amy(amyctanner)

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