Monday, May 23, 2011

the way we respond

Thanks for your patience.  Last week didn't go as planned as my daughter got sick and had to have emergency surgery to remove her appendix.  She is healing well and hopes to be back in school tomorrow.  Several other things took my attend last week as well.

Yet in the middle of all that was going on the Scripture I was reading continued to get bolder in front of my and louder in my heart.  It was all about David and from 1 Samuel.  What an incredible story this man had and that continues today.  We've learned much from David's life, his calling and the way that he dealt with so many issues.

The one piece that stuck our in my mind starts in 1 Samuel 24:3-8 and continues on to the next chapter.  Let me share just a thought with you.

Saul was king.  He looked like a king.  David was the opposite but was anointed to be king.  After Samuel anointed David king, David served Saul.  He could have killed saul a couple times, but he didn't.  David understood that God's timing is best and that God's plan is what needed to happen.

How often do we take efforts into our hands to make things happen?  We need to do what david did.  Let God work and simply serve others along the way.  This will make a huge difference in our lives and in the people around us.

1 Samuel 24:3-8 NLT

He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where therewas a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave. 4  The men of David said to him, "Behold, this is the day of which the Lord said to you, 'Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'" Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul's robe secretly. 5  It came about afterward that David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's robe. 6  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." 7  David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on his way. 8  Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.

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