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2 Samuel 15; John 4:27-54; Psalm 3, 69

2 Samuel

25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26 But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him. ”

Psalm 3

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

I lie down and sleep;  I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

David is on the run from his own son, Absalom.  He is living out the calamity that God had stated, through the prophet Nathan, would be the wages of his sin with Bathsheba.  Sin is a nasty animal, rearing the results of its ugly head long after the moment is dead and gone.   Sin can be forgiven but it always leaves a price to be paid in its wake.  Even with this turn of events we see David looking to God for help.  David did not cast blame to God nor turn away.  He owned his actions and waited for God to help him.  As the story unfolds, I can see the hand of God acting through his loyal followers.  God has placed these people in strategic positions to use, as necessary, to control the outcome of the story.

How freeing it must be, to have enough faith in God, that you can own up to your sins and trust Him to ensure that the outcome is exactly what it is supposed to be.  King David was ready to face any challenge that arose, because he knew that nothing was beyond the control of his God.  I struggle with my own story.  It often seams that I can’t possibly be on the path that God would have me walk.  David has given me hope that even when I don’t see the logic behind or the reasons for my story, I can have faith that this is my story, and God will make it have the outcome that He wants it to have.  I need to stop resisting my story and embrace what God has written for me.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for your son!  Thank you for the blessing of writing Jesus into my story.  I ask you to continue to change me.  Help me to follow Jesus and continue to give me faith in your abilities to control my story.  I give You complete control of my story and my life.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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2 Samuel 15; 2 Corinthians 8; Ezekiel 22; Psalm 69

Absalom…killed his brother…betrayed his father.  What drives a man to this point of desperation?  His name means “father of peace”, but his life resembled nothing even close to peace.  Don’t get me wrong, he has a long tough history to overcome…and this is nothing easy to accomplish.  It starts with his father, David, who was a great king…but in his greatness his sin led to repercussions that followed his entire family.  But then, his half-brother has an affair with his sister which then compounds a life of destruction.  Yeah…this is all pretty extreme behavior to have to deal with, but was murder really the answer?

We then see him capstone the impact on his family by covertly deciding to take over the throne from his father through deceit, coercion and force.  Not only does he attempt to take what is not his, the method he uses to gain favor of the people is to provide judicial decisions to the public.  How ironic is it that the very thing he’s abusing is the same thing he’s using as a stepstool to get ahead.  He destroys the idea of justice by his decisions, yet embraces the “idea” of justice to gain favor.

Makes me wonder if I have ever (or maybe when I have) ”murdered” my brother with words, deeds or intentions?  Or…when I have ever betrayed my Father?  When have I ever tried to take the kingship of my life from its true heir?  And what brought me to the point of that betrayal?  Do I blame my heritage or my history?  Do I abuse the justice that’s been handed to me and refuse to treat it with the reverence that it deserves?  Do I abdicate my responsibility or do I stand?  Do I admit my failures & shortcomings?  Or do I change for the sake of perfect will?

God help me to stand…

God help me to embrace the plea of Psalm 69…a prayer my life should encounter more times than I care to admit.

Chefdave11

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