Daily Archives: September 23, 2017

2 Samuel 19; 2 Corinthians 12; Ezekiel 26; Psalm 74

In 2 Samuel we read about disorder and revolution in the kingdom.  Doesn’t that sound like the state of our country in recent days?

“All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, ‘The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of the Philistines, but now he has fled out of the land from Absolom.’ (v.9 NASB)

In Ezekiel we learn about God’s judgement on Tyre.

For thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry and a great army.’ (v. 7)

    “Thus says the Lord God to Tyre, ‘shall not the coastlands shake at the sound of your fall when the wounded groan, when the slaughter occurs in your midst?”

    “For thus says the Lord God, ‘when I shall make you a desolate city, like the cities which are not inhabited, when I shall bring up the deep over you and the great waters will cover you.” (v. 19)

    “I shall bring terrors on you and you shall be no more; though you will be sought, you will never be found again, declares the Lord.” (v. 21)

The Psalms reflect the people’s cry to God after the Babylonian captivity and destruction of the temple.

O God why have you rejected us forever?” (v. 1a)

    “Arise O God and plead Your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.  Do not forget the voice of your adversaries, the uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.” (v. 22-23)

Despite all the craziness in the world and in our country or a physical, financial or emotional trial we might endure, Paul gives a testimony on how to live knowing that God’s grace is sufficient.

“…there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from exalting myself.  Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.  Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong. “(v. 7-10)


Thank you for providing the Word that teaches us everything we need to know about how to live.  Help us always continue to learn and grow and become more like You.





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