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INDECISION      And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. —1 Kings 18:21    When Elijah issued his challenge to the prophets of Baal and […]

Heavy Tidings

HEAVY TIDINGS      And so it was, when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps as she came through the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why do you pretend to be another person? For I have been sent to you with bad news.” —1 Kings 14:6    Jeroboam had once created […]

Easy Religion

EASY RELIGION      The king…made two calves of gold, and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!” And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. […]

More than we ask

MORE THAN WE ASK      And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” —1 Kings 9:3    […]

The Promises of God

THE PROMISES OF GOD      Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. —1 Kings 8:56    In Leviticus 26, God promised Moses He would give […]

Just Rest

JUST REST      Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place. But if He says thus: ‘I have no delight in you,’ here […]

Total? Commitment

COMMITMENT      But Ittai answered the king and said, “As the Lord lives, and as my Lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my Lord the king shall be, whether in death or life,  even there also your servant will be.” —2 Samuel 15:21    Ittai made a total commitment to David, although […]

No Longer Banished

NO LONGER BANISHED  For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground,  which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life;  but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him. —2 Samuel 14:14  The woman speaking to David has come to […]

Confession and Forgiveness

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS  So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.” —2 Samuel 12:13  David’s confession of sin was a true confession. He had indeed sinned against the Lord. His endeavor to hide his sin […]

The God Who Seeks

THE GOD WHO SEEKS  So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan  your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” —2 Samuel 9:7  Several years earlier, David made a covenant […]

Who Am I?

WHO AM I?  Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” —2 Samuel 7:18  It was Nathan the prophet who brought God’s word to David. “David, you can’t build a house for […]

Bow Practice

BOW PRACTICE  Also [David] bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow… —2 Samuel 1:18  When David received word of the death of his dear friend Jonathan and of King Saul whom he admired so greatly, he grieved. But he did not just sit by weeping. One of the ways David […]