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Triggers

There are important events in our life that are triggered by other events. They could not have happened earlier and they could not have happened later. In a precise moment in time one event begets another. Such is illustrated by the establishment of Solomon as King over Israel.
In the later years of David's reign when he was old and feeble, his son, Adonijah "put himself forward and said, 'I will be king.'" (1Kings 1:5) He prepared a small entourage and assembled them near En Rogel just outside the southern wall of Jerusalem for a coronation. He did not confer with his father about this.
This incident triggered another as Nathan the prophet hearing of it spoke to Bathsheba with a plan to put Solomon on the throne. They received the blessing of King David and assembled a large entourage at Gihon just outside the wall of Jerusalem on the east side near the Temple. (1 Kings 1:38)
Just 500 yards apart, these two events, happening almost simultaneously, would direct …

Assumption

There is an assumption among believers that if I disobey God I will simply confess it and all will be well. That is found to be inaccurate. In 1 Chronicles 21 David in pride choses to number the military of Israel. Joab, his general, tries to dissuade him but David persists in his request. So Joab goes about from tribe to tribe for over nine months counting the army of Israel. It is suggested in verse 8 that David comes to his senses about his request while Joab is busy doing it. God recognized the pride in David's heart and met it initially not with grace but with discipline. He seeks forgiveness but instead is met with a choice.

This discipline involved a decision by David for famine on the people, terrible battle loses of the people, or pestilence that would kill the people. David's response was paraphrased as "why don't you just discipline me, Lord, since I was the one who did the act?" God is teaching David about consequences and His actions are not changed …

Giants

David and Goliath, what a story. I would dare say that it is told or referred to hundreds of times throughout the course of a year in messages. It is a great adventure where the seemingly weaker and younger man is able to defeat the stronger and more mature enemy.
It is the ultimate reference of success in business or society when it is stated, "He has slain his Goliath." The young leader has taken out the more powerful and mature leader to become the new leader.
But the story has more to it than just Goliath, for in 2 Samuel 21:15-22 we are reminded of other giants of Philistine origin that were slain by David's army companions. Ishbi-Benob actually is fighting David in a battle and because of David's fatigue is winning until Abishai comes to his rescue and kills him. Sibbecai kills Saph also a giant. Elhanan kills Lahmi, Goliath's brother (1 Chron.20:5) and Jonathan, David's nephew, kills a giant with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. We a…

Love and Laws

What bolsters you when you face tough times? Is there a way to endure more successfully the problems that come in life? The answer to these questions is expressed in Psalm 119:124 which states, "Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees."
We all want to be loved and feel the effects produced by it; love can be soft and comforting while it can also be strong and challenging. To be dealt with "according to your love" could often involve both. The writer wants to be dealt with in love and suggests that learning better the "decrees" of God will help him understand that love and appreciate both of its aspects.
Being taught the decrees of God is all about knowing God better by understanding what he requires. In requesting further teaching on God's laws he implies that a deeper knowledge of God's truth enables a person to meet the emergencies of life more effectively. Knowing what God requires and why God requires it helps…

The One Thing

In the movie, City Slickers, Mitch (Billy Crystal) is out with Curly (Jack Palace) searching for strays when they have the conversation that will change Mitch's life. Curly explains that there is a secret to life and it is finding out what is the one thing in your life which is most important and sticking to it.
David also speaks of a "one thing" most important in life when he says, "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple." (Psalm 27:4)
Commentators do not look at this statement as a desire of David to live in the actual Temple but more as a figurative way to express nearness to God. David's "one thing" in life was to experience continuous communion with God. This fellowship would only be continuous if God spoke (the still small voice) and if man spoke back (prayer). David desires to discover anew every d…

Peace Rule

It is not uncommon to hear news every day of another tragedy somewhere in the world. A bomb has killed many, an earthquake has shaken a city, an angry mob has chanted for their "rights." The world is in turmoil.

If our stocks and bonds are in danger and we worry about our dollars; if we feel less safe in our own homes and we feel unable to stop the internal destruction of our country, how can we keep our hearts and minds from churning? Paul says we are to "let the peace of Christ rule" in our hearts.
The peace of Christ was the calmness that he exhibited in many circumstances when those around him were fearful and hectic. Think of Christ in the bottom of a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee. The disciples are frantic as a storm pounds on them but he is sleeping. Think of the disciples worried about feeding 5,000 men and more and Jesus just tells them to do their part by arranging the people in groups and rows....he does the rest. Think of the disciple's need for…