Sunday, December 5, 2021

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 16:10-12

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 16:10-12
"And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.
It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day."

This reminded me of something I was pondering about today about God's will. That both the good and bad we go through are according to God's will. The difference is when we are obedient, righteous, and long suffering it is used for our good. Through the course of where the events take us in the end it is a better place. Even the horrible persecutions the early saints went through brought them to the wonderful place I now live. There is a price we pay to become acquainted with God.

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 15:4, 7

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 15:4, 7
"Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron.

Absalom wants the kingdom, he stole the hearts of the men of Israel, while he worked his plan for 40 years. I thought about how cunning and deceptive he was. How he uses the ploy to serve the Lord as a means to ensnare his father. Certainly he was a follower of Satan, and a wolf in sheep's clothing. I thought about, regardless of how evil his plan was, it was exposed in enough time for David and his people to escape. The Lord is always a step ahead of our enemies if we trust Him.

Day 2441

Friday, December 3, 2021

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 14:25-26

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 14:25-26
"But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year’s end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king’s weight."

If find it curious that pointing out Absalom being praised for his beauty and his thick head of hair a very curious way to describe someone. He killed his brother and fled, now he wants to be into his father's good graces. So he burns his friend's field to get him to approach his father. Something just sounds rather off about his character. I couldn't spot anything on him being remorseful or showing any concern for others.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 13:3-4

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 13:3-4
"But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king’s son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister."

This is a very sad story for what Amnon ended up doing was very wrong. As I reflected on what happened I see the greatest error was listening to a very subtil (cunning and crafty) man, that gave very bad advise. What should have Amnon done with his inappropriate feelings? I think the best would have been to seek counsel from the Lord in prayer, and been willing to do whatever he was told. Even if that meant he should leave his family and go somewhere else were he wouldn't be tempted. He also could have counseled with a priest or his parents. We just have to be so careful of who's advise we are listening to.

Day 2439