God who lifts man high also brings him down. In His word, God has given us the formula to unlock the windows of heaven and how to revel in His blessings. But He’s also often cautioned us about the risk of forgetting the source of our blessings. To help whip us in line is partly why God uses silent/wilderness seasons to refine us like gold, to re-calibrate our focus to Him when we lose track, or to prepare us for the next level of our walk with Him (e.g. Moses, Joseph, David, Job, Paul, Jesus etc.).
Why did the younger often get blessed over the older in the Bible? 😒🤔
Genesis 48:17-19 A friend asked this question and got me thinking as it’s a repeated and interesting Bible phenomenon. One of my thoughts is that in all these cases, God already knew the heart of the people and that’s what guided how the weight of blessings flowed. If you look at the example of David … Continue reading Why did the younger often get blessed over the older in the Bible? 😒🤔
Repenting like David
Despite what we know about David's sins, why does God still say David kept His commandments, followed Him with all his heart and did only what was right in God’s eyes? 🤔 We know that in addition to David’s sin in sleeping with the wife (Bathsheba) of a trusted soldier, he also counted his army in attempt to feed his ego which angered God. These sins led to the death of Bathsheba’s first son and the unnecessary death of 70,000 Israelites. Clearly, David sinned and was punished; so, why does God still view him this way?
The secret to long-lasting, God-given success/prosperity
1 Kings 3:5-14 Solomon asked God for an understanding heart to discern justice. In response, God unconditionally made him the wisest man ever but added to this by making him the richest and most honorable king in all his days. Seeking first the kingdom of God caused God to add all other things unto Solomon. Matt … Continue reading The secret to long-lasting, God-given success/prosperity
Remembering God’s goodness from the past emboldens our faith
I Samuel 17:37 In the Christian walk, previous experiences of God’s goodness in our life is what strengthens us to take even bolder steps of faith in life. David had seen God deliver him from the paws of the lion and the bear and he was confident that the same God could deliver him again … Continue reading Remembering God’s goodness from the past emboldens our faith
Be careful who you share your God-given vision with
1 Samuel 17:28-29 The scripture reading refers to when David went to the battlefield to meet his brothers when Goliath was attacking the men of Israel and speaking pompous words. This was after David had been annointed by Samuel as the next king of Israel, passing over David's elder brothers.It would appear that Eliab, David’s … Continue reading Be careful who you share your God-given vision with