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Overshadowed

We can believe that our life is a random compilation of coincidences but God’s Word reveals a different story. Note the twists and turns to David’s life and see the main ingredient to that story: “I took you from the pasture and from following the flock, to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone…” (1 Chronicles 17:7b, 8a).
David’s life was overshadowed by God and He reveals it through Nathan in the seven verses of this passage. Fourteen more times the pronoun “I” is used of God revealing that David was never alone and that God was purposefully working in David’s life to bring about glory for Himself.
Do you think you are journeying alone? Is the road too hard, too long, too much for you to bear? Halt those thoughts and repeatedly read this passage. Then, sit quietly and let God remind you of the many times He has made Himself evident to you. God is not an idol without to help, nor speechless, nor without legs to walk along beside you. Trust His prese…

Claiming Success

It is important for each one of us to understand our limitations and God’s part in the activities of our lives each day. There is a sense in which we are responsible for our successes but there is also a sense in which God is responsible. The two cannot be separated.
David understood that although he was responsible, able and smart, it was God working with him that made him successful. He did not boast of his own abilities but confidently knew that God was working alongside of him. Note the following statements made in 1 Chronicles 13 and 14:
In speaking with his officers and commanders as they sought to make David King: “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the Lord our God….” 13:2Related to the building of his palace: “And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.” 14:2Concerning the defeat of the Philistines: “He said, ‘As waters break out,

Humility’s Advantage

How can sincere humility be an advantage to your testimony as a believer? The story presented in yesterdays Today’s Word is furthered by what happened after the 276 survivors made it safely to shore.
The islanders of Malta graciously built a fire in the rain and cold weather to warm their unexpected soaked guests. Paul, really responsible for the saving of all 276 people, is not out there bragging but out gathering brushwood in his arms doing his part to keep the fire going, a note to the spirit of the man who had already been mightily used of God across the Mediterranean region. As he throws his gathered pile onto the fire within it a viper snake latches on to his hand to prevent it from the blaze. Paul shakes if off into the fire.
Everyone stands around waiting for Paul to swell up or drop dead on the spot, which they knew would happen from that bite. They took an immediate position because of the action of the snake that Paul was a murderer and justice was playing out right in front…

Captain’s Decision

If you were the captain of a sailing ship caught in the midst of a powerful storm, what would you do to get your vessel and its contents to safety? There is a story of just such a situation in Acts 27:21-44.
Paul was fourteen days on a ship that was being blown about by a vicious storm. There was an immediate need to do something because their soundings indicated the depth of the water was shallowing.
So, they first dropped “four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.” (27:29) This was wise to slow themselves down and provided the time necessary to gain vision before crashing against the rocks.
Second, Paul urged them to eat; to provide nourishment for their weary bodies and encouragement for their souls because very soon they would need new strength to survive in the stormy water. (27:34)
Third, as daylight approached, they made their most important decision. They saw a destination, a sandy beach, and decided to make for it. With that destination in mind they cut loose the four…

Turning Point

Dramatic circumstances have happen in history that became turning points where all was changed. In wars, a significant battle turned the tide. In government, a new law enacted protected or destroyed an ethnic group. In individual lives one personal decision dramatically impacted and changed the course of that life.
Paul, the apostle, had been on several missionary journeys and at the end of the third had decided to go to Jerusalem even though he has been warned that he would face imprisonment, possibly death. Yet, he went, and yes, all unfolded as foretold. His decision put him eventually in front of King Agrippa to defend himself against the accusations of the Jews seeking his death.
In his defense he said the following, “I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen—that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22b-23)
Here we see the simplicity of his defense. The p…