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March 10, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 17

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 17:23- When Ahithophel realized that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey, went to his hometown, set his affairs in order, and hanged himself. He died there and was buried in the family tomb.

 

Observations- Ahithopel had been King David's most trusted adviser, but as soon as looked like Absalom was going to be able to defeat his father, Ahithopel switched his allegiance. He was an opportunist not concerned about doing the right thing; rather he was concerned about doing whatever would bring him the most power and influence. He was broken when Absalom didn't go with his plan, for he knew the power and influence he sought were no longer going to be his.


Application- When we "climb the ladder of success," we'd better make sure we have our ladder against the right building. If we have goals like Ahithopel- influence and power for their own sake- we definitely have our ladder on the wrong building. Yes, we want to grow and improve by trying and training as Christ followers and that requires us to have the right definition of "success."  Is your ladder on the right building?


Prayer- Lord, thank You for examples in Your Word of people like Ahithopel who made the wrong choices. This serves as a cautionary tale to make sure we don't seek to succeed at an unworthy goal in this life that won't bring You glory and build our character. Help me 

climb well in this life toward the goals and values You hold dear- like doing things on earth the way You do them in heaven. Amen.

 

"Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth 'thrown in': aim at Earth and you will get neither." (C. S. Lewis)

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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March 7, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 13

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 13:21, 37- When King David heard what had happened, he was very angry...And David mourned many days for his son Amnon.

 

Observations- What a mess! David's son, Amnon, raped his half-sister, Tamar. David was "angry," but he took no action to hold Amnon accountable. It also doesn't appear that he did anything to alleviate the suffering of Tamar. Absalom, Tamar's brother, was enraged and plotted to kill Amnon, which he successfully accomplished over two years later. Then David mourned for Amnon. David was right to be angry, but his anger needed to inspire him to take action. David was right to mourn Amnon, but not without having first mourned far more deeply with Tamar.


Application- Ephesians 4:26 says, "Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger." David let months and years pass and choosing not to address Amnon's evil act in any tangible way amounts to a deep sin of omission. Here we come face to face with David's deep failure as a father. When we are rightly angered by injustice, we need to pray for God's guidance on the right and timely response, but choosing complacency and refusing to act becomes the sin of omission in our lives.


Prayer- Lord, thank You for the unfiltered stories told in Your Word. Help us remember that stories like this can serve as warnings for us to take the proper action at the right time. We need Your leadership to get that right, so we pray for the Holy Spirit to hover over our chaos and bring order, light, and peace, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

 

Holy Spirit, You Are Welcome Here,

 

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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