So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD ‘s anointed.” (1Sa 24:6 NAS77)
David has been anointed king. He has led Israel in battle. The people love him. Saul tried to kill him. Jonathan (the crown prince) is sure he will be king. Saul is hunting him. But, . . . .
He still won’t take it by force.
Even though David knows he will be king, he trusts God to bring it about. No demands. No subtle politics. No campaigns. No coups attempt. No taking matters into his own hands. He leaves them in God’s.
What a great place to leave things. Can’t think of more capable hands.
God’s plan. God’s provision. God’s timing.
Yep . . .
It’s all good!
But that the dread of something after death, the undiscovered country . . . makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of?
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It’s been a long week.
In the parish, we have cancer and chemo times two, one house fire with arson and theft, one gravely ill and hospitalized, 5 in jail and 2 newly arrived for a total of 7, two homeless (four with children included, but two households), a tense custody battle, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, infirmity, broken appliances, broken cars (or even totaled cars), home repairs, financial issues, marital issues, child rearing issues (a.k.a. financial and marital issues) and a few more I failed to mention because I am too tired to type them at the moment . . .
Fortunately, we have no need to dread the “undiscovered country”. We know the Sovereign of that fair land and have been adopted as His children. We don’t fly from ills we know to those we do not. We fly from a well understood world of brokenness to a place of beautiful perfection.
Now, off to sleep, and perchance to dream . . .
Ay, there’s the rub . . .
Please, don’t take this too seriously – I’m just tired.
After all . . . tomorrow is another day.
2nd week into the 2014 Lenten journey and I already blew my Sabbath commitment! There are just too many crises – even with other folks helping out. Jail, hospital, Greyhound busses, shut-ins, house guests, broken cars, etc.
And He said to them, “What man shall there be among you, who shall have one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it, and lift it out? “Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” (Mat 12:11-12 NAS77)
My sheep are stuck in the house, homeless, in jail or the hospital, but I think those qualify as a pit, too.
And He was saying to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
(Mar 2:27 NAS77)
Then one of the young men answered and said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the LORD is with him.” (1Sa 16:18 NAS77)
Look at all the great things he can do. What a guy! He can really rock the house. He wins all the games. Everyone always picks him first. He doesn’t get pushed around. He’s tough. When he talks, people listen. And he’s got a cover shoot for GQ!
Clearly, this is the kind of man you want on your team. He’s got brains and brawn. He’s good at everything and the ladies always swoon. What more can you want? Without a doubt, this is real leadership potential here.
Oh, and by the way . . .
The LORD is with him.
In case that might interest you.
Let’s live lives that shout, “The LORD is with him/her!” Without regard for what description of me precedes it, what could be better / more important / more valuable / more significant than “the Lord is with me”?