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Unintended Consequences

Once in a while we get forced in a direction we really don't want to go. We don't know why but ultimately there is a lesson there for us. Our actions will produce unintended consequences that can help us or hurt us. David was a great example of this. While Saul was still the king, he sought David to destroy him and so David fled with his band of 600 men to Achish King of Gath, a Philistine. Achish at one point said of David, "I will make you my bodyguard for life."(1 Samuel 28:2) Shortly thereafter, Achish and other Philistine kings gathered their forces at Jezreel to fight against Saul and all Israel. David was on the Philistine side in the back of the army with Achish as his bodyguard and ready to fight against Saul, but the other Philistine commanders argued that David should not fight alongside them for he could turn on them. His loyalty was very much in question. So David was sent back to his home in Ziklag by Achish. Now as we read on in 1 Samuel, we see the cons…

Gate and Good

Have you ever been so adamant about something that in a conversation you continue to repeat what you meant to force people to really hear it? This showed your determination and belief in a cause. Jesus did this also when he spoke openly with the Pharisees in Jerusalem. He explained to the Pharisees that he was the gate that people entered through to find life and rest. He contrasted this with the thief who "comes to steal and kill and destroy." (John 10:10) The Pharisees were thieves and preyed on the people. Jesus protected the sheep and sought their welfare. Jesus made a second contrast by talking about the "hired hand." This was one that was paid to watch the sheep but really cared nothing about them. It was just a job, a position, a stepping stone to bigger opportunities and he would abandon them when a wolf attacked. Then Jesus said five times to emphasize his point, "I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10:11-18) This is the further definition of …

Cheerful Heart

What makes for a cheerful heart? Is it lavish possessions or honor in the community? Is it safety in your dwelling? These things and many more are temporal and their possession however seemingly able to give cheer to the heart, don't necessarily cause it. In fact, they may continually cause dread for fear of being taken from you. Solomon said, "the cheerful heart has a continual feast. Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil." (Proverbs 15:15) Here it is, the cheerful heart comes from a fear and reverence for God. Why so? The one who knows God, His ways, His will does not rise and fall on the feelings he obtains from his circumstances. His heart is cheerful because he has confidence in God, knows he is accepted by God, and therefore delights in doing His will. You see, a cheerful heart cannot be taken from you because its source is not in you, it is in God. A divine connection has been made through the work of the Son and how can a person n…

Omnipresent God

Does God see you? Does He see past your deeds into your heart? Does He even see those who have departed this life without trusting Him by faith? In The Lord of the Rings the greatest antagonist is Sauron who has been deprived of his body but still exists. In between the twin steeples of the tower called the Dark Tower of Barad-dur in Mordor, Sauron's "eye" searches for the master ring among the world which if acquired will again bring him incredible power. This visual picture illustrates an incessantly searching eye that can see all around it. God's "vision" or omnipresence is captured by two statements in Scripture. Solomon said, "Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord—how much more the hearts of men." (Proverbs 15:11) And, "Death is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered." (Job 26:6) We see here that God can see into Hades, often also translated Sheol or Hell, the residence of the souls/spirits of all who have died in unbe…