Happy Thanksgiving! I know that this time of year might be hard for you with the loss of someone special. I think this week’s chapter is a good reminder that we can still be joyous through pain.
Last week Jesus continued to explain how he is God. He pointed towards testimonies of others, Scripture, and even the miracles he was able to perform. There were many who believed, and still many that did not. This week Jesus shows us that he is in the messiness of life with us. He does not sit above it all and never gets touched. Rather, being human, God experienced the same pain and struggles that we have to deal with on a regular basis. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 11”
Man, 1 Samuel was definitely a good choice to start this blog with! So many life lessons!!!!!!!
In my reading today Saul becomes jealous of David. If you don’t remember, Saul is the king of Israel and after disobeying God, God decided to make a new king. This new king was found in David, a simple shepherd boy from Bethlehem. David then is brought to Saul’s court as a musician, to help sooth the king’s trouble spirit. David then finds favor with Saul and becomes his armor bearer. Then David threw a rock at a giant’s head and saved all of Israel!!!! Now Israel has seen many victories over the Philistines under the leadership of David.
After a particular battle, both David and Saul return and the people celebrate shouting “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” (1 Samuel 18:7 NLT) This planted the seed in Saul’s mind that the people preferred David over him. Saul then begins a series of attempts to take David’s life. These ranges from things as obvious as lunging a spear at him, to covertly sending him against a Philistine army (this was to be the price David had to pay to marry Michal). His actions are so out-of-place that his son calls him out saying, “He’s never done anything to harm you. He has always helped you in any way he could. Have you forgotten about the time he risked his life to kill the Philistine giant and how the Lord brought a great victory to all Israel as a result? You were certainly happy about it then. Why should you murder and innocent man like David? There is no reason at all!” (19:4-5 NLT) Then again Jonathan (Saul’s son) refused to eat with his father at a festival because he was ashamed of his father’s actions against David (20:34).
So what does this mean for us today? Being a man after God’s own heart means that we must keep our emotions in check. If you notice from the story, Saul gets angry and jealous and acts out, but David remains cool and content and continues doing his job as if nothing had happened. I’m sure I’d better pretty heated after one failed attempt on my life, let alone the amount David endured.
Saul’s anger and jealousy turned away all of the people that mattered to him. Do we want to have the same fate? In today’s world we are encouraged to express our feelings in any way that we want. While I disagree, I would also like to say that you should still express your emotions, but to God. Jesus said “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NASB) God wants to know our pain and troubles. He wants us to find our peace, and it is only in Him that our souls will find it. So talk to God about your distress. Don’t take it out on someone, even though its our first inclination. God wants us to maintain our relationships, not destroy them through fits of rage.
So be in prayer with the Lord today, and ask for His peace. Especially if there is something bothering you. He may show you a better and healthier way to deal with your pain.