30 May: The Perfect CoverUp
If you think you’ll get away with it, today’s story of adultery and murder, shows that even a well-thought-through plan will be found out …eventually.
READ 2 SAMUEL 11 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In today’s culture, things have become incredibly hazy when it comes to the concept of a loving God or, more conveniently, a forgiving God. So, what stood out for me today was the closing words in this chapter:
“But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.” [v27]
Wow – that’s a mild way of putting it! But behind those gracious words is the “roused displeasure” of the One who’s hands flung stars into space. “Displeasure” to Him who created stars like Canis Marjoris could mean “total annihilation” for us! When a King did things wrong, like David in today’s chapter, their example affects many. This is why we hear of the sin of leaders today. God isn’t allowing them to wait until “Judgement Day”. They’re exposed and disciplined immediately and often publicly.
The fact that my Maker is “The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness”[a], buys me time. In that time, I have a choice. I can contrive a perfect cover-up, or I can take up the Creator God’s offer of forgiveness after “repentance” i.e. own up to my mistakes, make amends for what I’ve done, and correct my life course – as Isaiah the prophet said: “make straight paths for Him”.[b] The fantastic news is that all this can be done before I have to “meet my Maker”! Read More? …CLICK on “27 May – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to speak directly to your Compassionate Creator? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Who wouldn’t fear You, O King of the nations? Indeed this is Your due! For among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there’s no one, Lord, like You. [Jeremiah 10:7]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Government decisions in Germany[d]
Your Country: Prison Ministries
Yourself: A deeper love for your Maker
Your concerns for today
Hear in heaven my prayer and supplication, Lord, and please maintain my cause. [1 Kings 8:45]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Cleanse me with hyssop, Father God, and I will be clean; wash me, and I’ll be whiter than snow. Hide Your face from my sins, Lord, and blot out all my iniquity. [Psalm 51:7&9]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
In You, Lord, a whole structure is being fitted together and growing into an organic holy temple. And in You Lord, I’m also are being built together with Your people into a dwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. [Ephesians 2:21-22]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” [1 Corinthians 12:27]
[a] Exodus 34:6
[b] Isaiah 40:3
[c] Matthew 6:5-15
[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31