Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Welcome to Day 128 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
The saga of Absalom continues in 2 Samuel 15 and 16, with Absalom undermining David’s reign garnering support, endearing himself to all the people to the point where David flees.
Psalm 32:10, “the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.”
Matthew 25 Jesus tells parables of the Kingdom in preparation for his departure… the ten virgins, the parable of the talents (bags of gold), and the sheep and goats.
Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”
What comes to mind is nothing lasts forever…
Although we know David’s house is forever established, in the midst of these chapters it seems otherwise David is now watching his kingdom begin to unravel. His own son has turned on him… even Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson stayed behind, hoping that his grandfather’s kingdom would be restored to him. (This, after David took him in and let him eat at the king’s table.)
Both the Samuel passages and the Matthew passage had a similar feel to me… a sense of urgency, almost panic behind them.
Jesus strongly states that we must be ready at any time… at all times. The bridegroom may show up at any time! Our lamps should be trimmed and ready. We should be about his business extending the kingdom, waiting expectantly for him.
v 46, ““Then they will go away to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life.”
Thank you Lord for making a way for us. Simply by trusting in you we are not condemned to an eternity apart from you! I want to be ready…