Giving your ‘Yes’ to Jesus

Luke 5:5b “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” I have often used a variation of this on my son when he was younger. He has a penchant for tireless explanations to try and get out of things I ask him to do and in doing so he would wear out my patience and I would say in response to his millionth why ‘Just do it because mum said so.’  I would follow it later with an explanation that he just has to trust mum even if he does not entirely understand all aspects of the … Continue reading Giving your ‘Yes’ to Jesus

One Thing

Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask from the Lord, and that I will seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” This Psalm was written by David, a man after God’s own heart as he is described in scripture (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). He was not perfect but the Lord was pleased with how often David sought Him before he did anything. How David always submitted to Him and kept the Lord pre-eminent in his … Continue reading One Thing

Preparedness to Receive from God

2 kings 3:15-16 “But now bring me a harpist. While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha.” Reading these scripture verses led me to ask – “What is the connection between playing the harp or a musical instrument and hearing from God?” Let’s get some background to what led to that verse there. Joram, son of Ahab was king of Israel and Jehoshaphat was king of Judah at the time. They along with the king of Edom set out to fight against the king of Moab.  In 2 Kings 3: 9 we read “They set … Continue reading Preparedness to Receive from God

Making Decisions God’s way

The decisions we make, be it big ones of what to do with our lives, who to spend the rest of our lives with, or little daily ones of how we invest our time have an impact on us. As followers of Christ, making decisions God’s way should be our objective. But when our desires and need to control situations come into play, it can be challenging because it may not necessarily be what we want to hear or do at the time. In 1 Kings 22 we read about King Ahab, the king of Israel who wanted to fight … Continue reading Making Decisions God’s way

God’s Provision Never Runs Dry

In 1 Kings 17: 7-24, we read the story of Prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath. At the beginning of the chapter we read that Elijah brings word about the drought on the land – divine judgement on the nation for turning to idolatry. God then withdraws Elijah from the land and tells him to hide in the Ravine near the Jordan. Here we read how he was sustained by food brought to him by ravens and has water from the brook, the brook eventually dries up and the Lord instructs Elijah to go and stay with a widow. … Continue reading God’s Provision Never Runs Dry

Place your Life Under God’s Authority

1 Kings 2: 1- 9 reveals David’s final instructions to his son Solomon who was to sit on the throne as King after him. Solomon was about to step into the role his father held. A role full of responsibility, challenges and so much more. David, as he hands the reins over to Solomon did not choose to impart strategy for battle, ideas for managing court politics or how to multiply the royal treasury. After 40 years as Israel’s King, David knew and experienced the absolute necessity of walking closely to God to serve successfully and obediently in the God … Continue reading Place your Life Under God’s Authority

When Unforgiveness Festers

Ahithophel is a name with a Hebrew origin meaning ‘Brother of Folly”. Contrary to what his name means Ahithophel was a wise, trusted and respected counsellor to King David. In 2 Samuel 16:23 we read “Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like the one who inquires of God. That was how David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice.” Absalom, King David’s third son who returns to Jerusalem after a period of exile for killing his brother Amnon, begins to conspire to overthrow his father and take the throne. In 2 Samuel 15:12 we read that Absalom … Continue reading When Unforgiveness Festers

Giving Room for Sin

David is one of my favourite characters from the bible. Continuing my study through the book of Samuel and going through the life of David from shepherd to King has been rich with lessons. But as I land on 2 Samuel 11, the story of David and Bathsheba, I almost do not want to linger on this part of his story. I am aware of the sin he commits and I did not feel like dwelling on the not so triumphant aspect of his story. But if we stick to only the feel-good portions of scripture, we miss out on … Continue reading Giving Room for Sin

Let God Lead

1 Samuel 23:4 “Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him.” David was known as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). As I continue to read through the book of Samuel, it is impossible not to notice a characteristic trait of David’s relationship with God. Multiple times we read David inquiring of the Lord before making any decision. He frequently sought the Lord’s counsel and direction. The Lord’s guidance was what directed his steps. It is about nine times we see him inquiring of the Lord (1 Samuel 23: 2, 4, … Continue reading Let God Lead

It’s not all about Me

I have been reading the book of 1 Samuel. King Saul was jealous of David and wanted to kill him. David flourished in all that he did, the Lord’s favour was upon him. The latter half of this book details David fleeing from King Saul, David and his men hiding out moving from place to place so Saul and his men cannot get to them. During David’s time in the wilderness he did not make it all about him but surrendered to God’s plans, purposes and timing. God’s divine protection in your wilderness moments We read of David and his … Continue reading It’s not all about Me