Sunday, November 22, 2015

Friday, November 20th: 1 Chronicles 28-29; Luke 4:31-44

Today's passage: 1 Chronicles 28-29; Luke 4:31-44

In today's passage King David publicly humbled himself in front of the nation by admitting that,  even though he wanted to build the temple, God had not permitted him to do so and had given the honor to his son instead.  And then he prayed a beautiful prayer completely focused on God - His sovereignty,  His power,  His glory,  His strength,  His abundance.  David acknowledged that,  even though the people had willingly given God gifts for the building of the temple,  everything was truly God's Himself to begin with.

Do we pray that way? Do we spend more time praising God or making requests of Him? God loves to hear the requests of His people,  but they should not be the sole focus of our prayers all the time. Do we give our material possessions,  time,  and money to God,  willingly,  acknowledging that they were always His to begin with?

Challenging questions!

In our NT passage it hits me how slow people were to recognize Jesus for Who He was,  while the demons recognized Him instantly.  Truly we need God to open our eyes in order to see spiritually.

Tomorrow's passage: 2 Chronicles 1-3; Luke 5:1-16

1 comment:

Pamela said...

20 Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.

David truly accepted God's decision that he would not build the temple and fully accepted that it would be his son that would complete it. I wonder if a tiny piece of him was jealous or if he was just happy that it was going to happen that he could let it go?