What I read today

1 Chronicles 15-16; Proverbs 21; Ezekiel 48; Luke 10; Galatians 5

David had just become king over all of Israel.  In his lifetime he’s been forced to flee for his life from King Saul.  He’d had to live in the desert.  David had been forced to leave the county of his birth and live in a foreign land.  His wife had been taken from him and given to another man.  He’d been despised by people who were supposed to be his brother.  David had seen a priest killed because he innocently aided him.  His best friend had been killed in battle.  Then after being put on the throne of Judah, he’d been forced into a battle with the northern kingdom of Israel until finally, the nation came together under his leadership but not until after 7 more years of bloodshed.

After all this he can still say:

“O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.  Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works.  Glor in his holy name, let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.  Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of his servant Israel, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.”

In spite of all, David had lived through. All the terrible things that had been done to David and said about him.  David’s faith in God never wavered.  His faith in the Redeemer God who loved him no matter what remained the same.  David knew that God had a plan and that God was in control.  David understood that no matter what happened he was in the loving care of a savior who was continually standing by his side watching over everything that would occur in David’s life.

When our world seems broken, and we feel drained we can also hold tight to the fact that our savior is standing next to us.  Jesus is watching over us, caring for us, and helping us through all of our struggles. It may not seem so at the time but he is there, and he cares.  Trust him to take care of your needs in those times of struggle, lean on him for strength.  He’s promised to never leave us or forsake us all the way until we find ourselves standing in front of our heavenly home with Jesus waiting to welcome us!

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