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March 9, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 16

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 16:11-12- Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “My own son is trying to kill me. Doesn’t this relative of Saul have even more reason to do so? Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it. And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.”

 

Observations- It seems so odd that David allowed the curses of Shimei to continue, since even as king on the run, he still had plenty of power to put an end to Shimei and his rock throwing and cursing. Instead, David allowed this and prevented his soldiers from ending this behavior. David saw that God was using this moment to humble him and teach him something about his failure and all he had done wrong in his relationships.


Application- Shimei was a thorn in David's side when things already weren't going very well. He had the authority to have him killed, but he instead chose to see how God might be working through Shimei to restore his kingdom. There are many unpleasant and difficult experiences that God can use to help us love and serve Him and others more faithfully. David modeled- in this moment- not running from his need for repentance and a living in a new way. 


Prayer- Lord, I thank You for uncomfortable and painful experiences that have led me to draw closer to You or that have led me to examine my life and leadership more closely. Help me be humble and open to learning from You and all kinds of experiences- hurtful, joyful, painful, pleasant, chiding, and encouraging. Amen.

 

"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." (Romans 5:3-5), 

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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March 8, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 15

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 15:13- A messenger soon arrived in Jerusalem to tell David, “All Israel has joined Absalom in a conspiracy against you!”

 

Observations- David is once again on the run- this time from his son, Absalom, who he thought he had been reconciled to a few years earlier. David had failed to pay attention to his relationship with this son by allowing him back into Israel, but not back into his life after taking revenge upon Amnon for the rape of Tamar. 


Application- David didn't get how important it was to be a good father in order to be a good king and leader. Our closest relationships- good or bad- will always have a ripple effect in every other area of our lives. We need to not only guard and protect these deepest connections with people, but we also need to nurture and grow them. David's failure in this area led to natural and painful consequences. Let people know how important they are to you today!


Prayer- Lord, thank You for the gift of family and friends. Guide us to take seriously and to nurture this great gift of relationships that matter so much. Amen.

 

"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ." (Ephesians 4:15),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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