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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 11; 2 Corinthians 4; Ezekiel 18; Psalm 62 & 63

You, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. Psalm 62:12

“Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Ezekiel 18:30

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2

David’s secret and shameful behavior in his fleshly body led to his downfall. It’s tough seeing something beautiful and not wanting to get with it. That’s just human nature 101. David knew he should have been about the business of his kingdom. His deception would garner judgment, brokenness and eventually lead to a divided kingdom.

These bodies of ours – jars of clay as Paul calls them in 2 Corinthians 4, hold the treasure of God’s power that we have in Christ Jesus. But like David our sinful natures can lead to an abuse of power. Thankfully under Christ we do not bear the penalty for our sin, however we still have to deal with the consequences.

The world lies to us and tells us that if we go after what we want, that a vast inheritance of wealth, success or happiness awaits. After a trip through the dry and weary vastness of sin, we will go on the hunt again, longing for real satisfaction. But in order to inherit anything, someone always has to die. If every sinful soul must die and be judged for what is done in the body then who gets all the toys in the end?

Jesus died in the prime of his life, so that we could have life for all time. He is the way to heaven, the only truth, the everlasting life, our inheritance of joy. Unlike David our repentance and brokenness can lead to forgiveness, new life and unity in the kingdom of God.

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