While Harbor is scattered, we’re challenging the church to read the same passage of Scripture every day to stay encouraged and connected. Here are daily boosts of encouragement based on those passages. Get the Daily Boost in your inbox HERE
Chapter 9 is a beautiful example of fulfilling a promise.
Is your hope in your success, in acceptance by others, or a relationship you have? Or perhaps, is it in a person or group of people, perhaps those in office?
In today’s reading we find David talking with the prophet Nathan. David noticed that while he lived in a fancy cedar palace, he thought it wasn’t right that the creator of the universe and the one who allowed him to rule over Israel, the Lord, “dwelled” in a tent.
Before you were born, God’s plan was for you to live happily in his presence. This is still his plan today.
In today’s reading, David is completely disregarding those commands. We see him taking many wives and concubines. We see him building up wealth and power through seizure. Why? Because that’s what kings do (as Samuel warned in 2 Sam 8:11-17)
We do not need to avenge ourselves. We don’t need to take wrongs done to us into our own hands. David had many opportunities to kill Saul, but he did not.
Some people do not invite Jesus to rule over anything. Others invite Jesus to reign over a small area of their lives, maybe just on Sunday mornings or some of their kids activities. And others give Jesus reign over everything that He has authority over, which is everything…
Certainly God can drop blessings right into our lap, but more often not, we see his blessing through desiring to know his will and being in an intimate relationship with him and the Word of God which guides our decisions and directions in life.
As we see in today’s chapter, would you write such respectful words and grieve over a person who didn’t like you or even wanted to kill you?
Saul and Jesus died a thousand years apart on two different mountains…