Sunday Scriptures — God Will Fulfill His Plans

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Waiting is tough. Don’t I know it. Who likes to wait for something you’ve been promised? Certainly not me. Perhaps not you. It was fourteen years between the day the Prophet Samuel anointed the shepherd David as Israel’s next king, and the day David actually took the throne. During that time David waited. He waited in caves and wilderness while King Saul pursued him with the intent to eliminate the threat David posed to Saul’s throne.

I’ve often pondered how David felt during this time. Did he wonder if Samuel got it wrong when he anointed David? Did he wonder if God had changed his mind? Did he wonder if he’d done something that caused the promise to be rescinded?

David penned numerous psalms during his time running from Saul. Many of those psalms are filled with questions, fears, petition and repentance. They are also full of faith and hope in the God who saves.

He could have taken Saul’s life on two separate occasions, but he didn’t. David didn’t rush God’s agenda. He waited on God’s perfect timing. He had confidence the LORD would work out his plans for David’s life.

Have there been times when you were absolutely positive God called you to something, yet the way was delayed? There were blockades at every turn? Or you were told you didn’t have what it takes?

I’m learning if God has truly called us to do something for him, he’ll make it happen. In his timing. Not necessarily in ours. Like with David, God might be delaying what he has promised us to better prepare us to do the job. God might be giving us life-experiences now that will make the job easier once we do begin it.

Like I said, waiting is tough. But I’m learning God’s timing is perfect.

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Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will bring me safely through them. You will clench your fist against my angry enemies! Your power will save me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your loving-kindness, Lord, continues forever. Don’t abandon me—for you made me. Psalm 138:7-8

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Cry Out to the LORD

Isaiah 40But you, O Lord, are always my shield from danger; you give me victory and restore my courage. I call to the Lord for help, and from his sacred hill he answers me. I lie down and sleep, and all night long the Lord protects me. I am not afraid of the thousands of enemies who surround me on every side.  Psalm 3:3-6 (GNT)

David was running for his life, literally, from King Saul and his army. While hiding in caves, David knew what to do. He called out to the LORD for help. This man on the run knew he could lie down and sleep all night long. Not because his men were on watch. Not because Saul had given up the chase. Not because David’s stronghold was impenetrable.

David was not afraid because he knew the LORD God, Almighty, would protect him.

It’s the same with us today. There are times we feel beset by enemies on every side. In those times, it would be wise to remember David, and do what he did. Cry out to the LORD. Sleep in peace. Because God is our protection.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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My Desire

Bing PhotosIt’s happened again…Someone is miffed over a decision I felt led by God to make. And I really don’t understand why.

I know I’m not the only person who has had friends turn on them, because they disagreed with a decision they didn’t support. Perhaps your friends have walked away. Your relationships have been severed. Your peace has been lost.

Bing PhotosWhile my present situation may not be the same as your situation, the fractured relationship is just as real. And I’m not quite sure what to do about it.

As in other situations where I’ve been stumped, I’ve spoken with a trusted Christian friend, whose wisdom and advice I treasure. She’s told me I did the correct thing. I’ve prayed for wisdom, discernment, and understanding, as to what I should do, and I believe God has led me to understanding.

ChristianPhotosWhat it seems God’s telling me through his word, and counsel from godly friends is, I have to follow where God leads. Others are responsible for their own feelings, but should understand the choices I make are saturated in prayer, with the belief I am being obedient to God.

When King David brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, he was so overjoyed, he removed his kingly robe, and danced in a linen ephod. Which to my mind, may have been like a long undershirt. Either way, his wife, Michal, Saul’s daughter, watched from the window of her room, and was miffed, and their relationship was never the same again. Actually, she was more than miffed. She was angry. (2 Samuel 6:14-16)

Bing PhotosThe Bible tells us Michal disapproved of David’s behavior. But you know what? I’ve yet to find where it says God disapproved.

If you’re in a place right now, where like me, a friend is disapproving, angry, or mad, maybe, like me, you need to think about it.  After talking it over with God, and those who offer godly counsel, figure out your desire. Who are you trying to please? God? Or man?

I’m letting that be my deciding factor. How about you?

Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you.  Psalm 25:4-5 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Insignificant? Not in God’s Eyes

After studying the life of King David recently, one thing that continues to rattle around in my brain, is the fact when the prophet Samuel went to Jesse, David’s father, and asked to see all of Jesse’s sons, Jesse did not send for his youngest. David. He left him out in the field tending sheep.

Did Jesse forget about David? Did he think whatever Samuel wanted with the sons of Jesse, David surely could not be a part of? Did Jesse feel David was insignificant? Not worthy? An afterthought?

It really does not matter what Jesse may have thought. What does matter is what God thought. And God knew David was to be God’s anointed King of Israel. God’s own chosen one. From David’s line would come the true King of kings and LORD of lords. Jesus.

King David<br /> by ~StarryEyes58

Insignificant? Hardly.

Maybe, like David, people have left us in the desert. We weren’t chosen for that desired position. We weren’t asked out by that special someone. We didn’t make the team, didn’t score an invite to the event, didn’t feel wanted or loved.

We tried. Hard. But we never seemed to measure up to others’ expectations. We never seemed to make the grade. We were considered insignificant.

It hurts. I know.

Just as God choose David, even when it seemed Jesse had forgotten his youngest child, God chooses us. God loves us. He has good things planned for us. He doesn’t leave us out in the field, or treat us as our sins deserve.

God’s love is not conditional. It is not a what’s in it for me kind of love. God’s love is not works-based. Thank, you.

When we feel as if everyone is against us, and feel insignificant, we need to remember the opinion which really matters. God’s.

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But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. I Peter 2:9-10

I wish you well.

Sandy

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