Archive for September, 2003

Israel has forsaken the way of the Lord, but God has not forgotten them. Israel has begun to worship Baal and engage in temple prostitution, yet God has not forgotten them. God sent Hosea to them to call them back from their false and deadly ways. He tells Hosea to marry an adulterous woman to symbolize the adultery Israel is committing with false gods. He tells Hosea to care for the illegitimate children as well as his own children just as God cares for all his children even those conceived from falsehood. God provides mercy, but the people of Israel chose not to accept it.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for always sending someone to speak into the lives of our world, our nation and our people. Thank you for you patience, giving people change after change to come back to you. Thank you for declaring judgment so people understand they must turn from their wicked ways. Thank you for providing mercy and grace at all times so people do have the opportunity to come to you. I love and adore you. Amen.

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1 Chronicles 28:8 – “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD , and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.

King David knew God had blessed the people of Israel. He knew God had promised the Kingdom of Israel would last forever ruled by his descendents. There was one caveat. The people had to serve the Lord God with all their hearts, minds and souls. The people had to walk in the ways of the Lord. The first task was to build the Temple of the Lord. David had prepared the plan and supplies – everything needed was available to them. God has supplied all through the needs through his people. The people obeyed in this command and prospered under King Solomon.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your promise of blessing when we follow you. Thank you for your showers of grace and mercy when we fail to follow you. Thank you for your extreme love. Help me to follow you each and every day. Help me to see those you have placed in leadership and follow them as you have commanded. I love you. Amen.

David made a major mistake. It was the kind of mistake you make when you put your faith in your human ability instead of God’s. It is the kind of mistake you make when you determine you have the answer without consulting God. David chose to count the number of fighting men in his army. He wanted to know the strength he commanded in this world. Even though early in his reign God had promised him great victories and dominion over his enemies he still wanted to count. Even after God proved to be true on his promises by giving David and his army victory after victory he still wanted to count. David did count and God punished him for his lack of faith in God’s promises of victory. As Christ-followers we often do the same thing. We often forget to consult God for direction and guidance, but instead go our own way. We often look to the world for answers when the only true answers come from God.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us guidance and direction. Thank you for being the source of all answers. Thank you for forgiving me when I fail to come to you for guidance and direction. Thank you for providing your mercy and grace regardless of my failings. I love you and adore you. Amen.

God’s Success, our success – 1 Chronicles 18-20

David and the army of Israel was unstoppable. Nation after nation fell to their might. David was seeking after God, and God was answering by giving him victory. This is an excellent example of how God will use us when we are in sync with his will. I can just picture David being in the perfect zone. Everything was right with his world. He know the meaning of his life because it came directly from God. It is amazing how God uses his people to accomplish his ends. Instead of us being caused to feel like servant we are made to feel like partners and friends.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for creating a future in which I can serve you. Thank you for creating me as a unique individual with gifts and abilities that you can use. Thank you for loving me enough to send your son to save me life and give me purpose. Help me to seek and serve you each and every day. Help me to use my gift only for your glory and honor. I love you. Amen.

God’s Success, our success – 1 Chronicles 18-20

David and the army of Israel was unstoppable. Nation after nation fell to their might. David was seeking after God, and God was answering by giving him victory. This is an excellent example of how God will use us when we are in sync with his will. I can just picture David being in the perfect zone. Everything was right with his world. He know the meaning of his life because it came directly from God. It is amazing how God uses his people to accomplish his ends. Instead of us being caused to feel like servant we are made to feel like partners and friends.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for creating a future in which I can serve you. Thank you for creating me as a unique individual with gifts and abilities that you can use. Thank you for loving me enough to send your son to save me life and give me purpose. Help me to seek and serve you each and every day. Help me to use my gift only for your glory and honor. I love you. Amen.

Fools – Ecclesiastes 10

Ecclesiastes 10 talks a lot about the fate of fools. It talks about how fools make choice and decisions which bring negative consequences upon themselves. It talks about how a foolish ruler will cause their own downfall, just as a foolish servant. It even talks about how a foolish person will say things early in life which are folly, but later in life are sheer madness. The fact is we must work to overcome foolishness in areas of our life in which we are foolish. We must work to make sure mistakes which will be forgiven early in our life are not often repeated causing us to be consider unwise, unreliable and untrustworthy. Foolishness early in life is forgivable, later in life it is not.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for being the giver of all wisdom and knowledge. I thank you for providing the wisdom and knowledge they need and desire. Help me to be a person of wisdom and knowledge who humbly walks with you. Thank you for loving me. Amen.

Fools – Ecclesiastes 10

Ecclesiastes 10 talks a lot about the fate of fools. It talks about how fools make choice and decisions which bring negative consequences upon themselves. It talks about how a foolish ruler will cause their own downfall, just as a foolish servant. It even talks about how a foolish person will say things early in life which are folly, but later in life are sheer madness. The fact is we must work to overcome foolishness in areas of our life in which we are foolish. We must work to make sure mistakes which will be forgiven early in our life are not often repeated causing us to be consider unwise, unreliable and untrustworthy. Foolishness early in life is forgivable, later in life it is not.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for being the giver of all wisdom and knowledge. I thank you for providing the wisdom and knowledge they need and desire. Help me to be a person of wisdom and knowledge who humbly walks with you. Thank you for loving me. Amen.

Enemies then and now – 1 Chronicles 12-14

It is interesting to read in 1 Chronicles 14 how King David was involved in defeating the Philistine army on a number of occasions. The fight between the Philistines and the Israelites dated back to the time when the Israelites first came into the land God gave them. God told the Israelites to clear out those people who did not belong in the land or the people would always be a thorn in the side of Israel. God had given this land to Israel and no one else. However, the Israelites failed to do what God commanded and they are still paying for it to this day. The descendents of the Philistines in the Palestinians who are constantly trying to destroy Israel through the use of terrorism. The Palestinians claim the land is their, but historically it was given by God to the nation of Israel. This is one more example of how disobedience to God causes long term consequences. It seems there is no solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because there is not. God told them this would happen and they did not listen.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me to listen to your words when you speak to me. Help me to understand what you would have me to do and the consequences of failing to follow through. Help me to love you and serve you every day of my life. Thank you for your divine wisdom and power. Thank you for loving me even when I am unlovable. I love you. Amen.

Enemies then and now – 1 Chronicles 12-14

It is interesting to read in 1 Chronicles 14 how King David was involved in defeating the Philistine army on a number of occasions. The fight between the Philistines and the Israelites dated back to the time when the Israelites first came into the land God gave them. God told the Israelites to clear out those people who did not belong in the land or the people would always be a thorn in the side of Israel. God had given this land to Israel and no one else. However, the Israelites failed to do what God commanded and they are still paying for it to this day. The descendents of the Philistines in the Palestinians who are constantly trying to destroy Israel through the use of terrorism. The Palestinians claim the land is their, but historically it was given by God to the nation of Israel. This is one more example of how disobedience to God causes long term consequences. It seems there is no solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because there is not. God told them this would happen and they did not listen.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me to listen to your words when you speak to me. Help me to understand what you would have me to do and the consequences of failing to follow through. Help me to love you and serve you every day of my life. Thank you for your divine wisdom and power. Thank you for loving me even when I am unlovable. I love you. Amen.

Unfaithful – 1 Chronicles 9-11

King Saul died in a battle against the Philistine. However, he did not die at the hands of the Philistines. He knew if his enemy caught him they would kill him slowly and painfully. He knew they would show no mercy. He knew they would taunt him and cause him great agony as they used him to shame the Israelites and then kill him. Even at the end Saul showed his extreme cowardice. He did not want to take his own life. He asked his own armour bearer to do it. His armour bearer would not do it, so Saul fell upon his own sword. His armour bearer than kills himself because he knows his life is forfeit because he did not protect the King. The most interesting part of this story is found in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14, “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD . So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.” The Lord could have easily stop Saul form taking his own life, but he let Saul make this grave mistake because Saul no longer followed him.

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is sad to see how far from you Saul because the longer he reigned in Israel. You anointed him King and only asked for his faithfulness, which he did not give. Thank you for giving each of us the ability to follow your will. Thank you for giving each of us the ability to choose to follow. Thank you for giving us the wisdom to make the correct choices. I love you and thank you. Amen.