Friday, March 26, 2010
- captured by the same temptation and sin
- thinking that we are exempt
- believing that we can overcome in our own strength
This book was given to me by the team at Summit. It was the final book I read this week.
- Light is worthless unless it penetrates the darkness.
- Salt is of no good if it remains in the shaker.
- Keys are only functional once they penetrate the lock.
- Bread has little value outside the eater.
- Water cannot quench thirst without first being swallowed.
- We have tamed the risk, all the threat, all the danger, all the martyrdom out of Christianity...
- That's true for us too.
- David was a man of patient character. Even though he had been anointed King, he would not strike Saul. He waited and trusted God to act in His timing.
- Interesting how most of our concerns look backward: "If only this had happened. If only that had not happened." Jesus was looking forward, not backward.
- never noticed the present tense here previously, "there IS a bad odor". They could already smell the decay of death. But that is not too hard for God to deal with.
- What impossible circumstance exists in my life? Does it already stink? God can still act.
- Saul was always looking for an escape ... hiding during his inauguration; hiding when Goliath was breathing threats, giving in to "the people" when he grew impatient and offered the sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel, ... the pattern continues throughout.
- We want an easy path far too often. Beware of the quick escape.
- David weeps for the one who had tried to take his life.
23 "Saul and Jonathan—
in life they were loved and gracious,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions. 2 Samuel 1:23
- David sings of Saul and Jonathan ... "Saul was gracious"????? Really? David shows some selective memory here. Perhaps thats a good trait for me to develop. I'll only remember good from you. That would change life, huh?
- BOLD is the bias for life.
- This is so true. Just the right look from the ones who mean the most to you can bring immeasurable joy to the heart. Just a look ... wow.
- This was always a tough passage for me. They poor guy was just trying to "give God a hand". Perhaps the lesson here is that God does not NEED my help. He does not stumble; even when I think He might.
- David worshipped the Lord with reckless self-abandonment. That's tough to do! But when you love like David loved...everything else fades into insignificance.
- It is by His "going" that we are empowered to do even greater things? That had to be confusing to them. Confusing to me too! It is by faith that we live, and act ... and when we live and act by faith ... God gets in the middle of it.
wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18
- Interesting thing happens when you "open God's Word" ... God begins to open your heart to really see ... opening, is followed by opening.
31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke
will be at home among the wise.
32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,
but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. Proverbs 15:31-32
- That means my prayer should be: "God surround me with those who love me enough to do this in my life."
- Wow, these guys played for keeps! Tough humiliation!
- Talk about humiliation! Maybe David had prayed, "God surround me with those who love me enough to rebuke and discipline me."
- He was furious, but I wonder if he also saw the connection between his family disintegration and his own sin. He was furious, but he does nothing. And the result of his "nothing" is more chaos, destruction, and loss.
- Furious might be a good thing, from time to time--but it is never enough.
God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him. 2 Samuel 14:14
- There is a word of grace!
- It is like "Palm Sunday" in reverse.
- There is a prayer worth praying.
they value a man who speaks the truth. Proverbs 16:13
- Have you noticed how often we don't want to hear the truth? Honesty sounds like a good thing until someone opens their mouths to speak hard truth.