Bible in 365 Days – Day 113

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 6:12
  • 1 Chronicles 15:1-28
  • 2 Samuel 6:13-16
  • 1 Chronicles 15:29
  • 2 Samuel 6:17-19
  • 1 Chronicles 16
  • 2 Samuel 6:19-23

 

Standout Verse(s):

2 Samuel 6:20-22 NLT

When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”

David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!”

 

Observation (s):

  1. Michal focused on how everyone would perceive David’s behaviour.

    When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”.

  2. David focused on the reason why God was deserving of his dance.

    David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord.

  3. David was willing to look foolish before men and himself, if his actions brought glory to God. He also recognized that oftentimes persons who operate outside the norms, set the trend for others and are considered leaders.

    Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!”

     

Application:

As Christians, sometimes we get caught up in restraining ourselves and actions to what the world considers normal and acceptable. Our fear of being the odd-one-out prevents us from living wholly for God by stepping outside the accepted norms of the physical realm and embracing those of the spiritual realm. For example: growing up, even when in church, I would think twice about praying out loud, giving a shout or dancing for Christ due to my fear of being teased by my peers. As a teen and the only Christian in my household, I used to fear being ridiculed by my siblings. I prayed for them but never out loud. I covered the house and anointed my family, but only when they slept. My fear of standing out probably blocked quite a few blessings and opportunities to be used by God.

Michal and David’s focuses were total opposites! Michal focused on what people would think and how they would perceive David’s, the king, behavior. David, on the other hand, focused on the reason for his behaviour. He was simply excited in his thankfulness towards God. He was willing to look foolish before men, if his actions brought glory to God. God was deserving of his dance, even if it made him look foolish. And you know what, oftentimes, when we are the leaders in “seemingly foolishness”, others begin to look up to us and appreciate our behaviour and before we know it, they too join in.

Be a proud leader for Christ. Don’t focus on public perception. Focus on the reason for your dance. Cast aside your fear of standing out. Dance, uninhibited, for Christ.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 101

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Samuel 9-12

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Samuel 9:3-6, 14-17 NLT

One day Kish’s donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, “Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys.” So Saul took one of the servants and traveled through the hill country of Ephraim, the land of Shalishah, the Shaalim area, and the entire land of Benjamin, but they couldn’t find the donkeys anywhere.

Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!”

But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.”

So they entered the town, and as they passed through the gates, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the place of worship.

Now the Lord had told Samuel the previous day, “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the leader of my people, Israel. He will rescue them from the Philistines, for I have looked down on my people in mercy and have heard their cry.”

When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”

 

Observation (s):

  1. Saul embarked on a journey to his destiny because of a simple thing. He was searching for lost donkeys.

    One day Kish’s donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, “Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys.” So Saul took one of the servants and traveled through the hill country of Ephraim, the land of Shalishah, the Shaalim area, and the entire land of Benjamin, but they couldn’t find the donkeys anywhere.

  2. At a point during his journey, Saul wanted to turn back.

    Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!”

  3. Saul’s servant influenced him into making a step that took him to the next stage of his journey. His servant reminded him to consult God before giving up.

    But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.”

     

Application:

The journey you are on is God’s way of getting you to where you are meant to be. Saul’s search to find his father’s donkeys led him on a journey that ended with him being crowned the first king of Israel. Every decision or move he made, during that journey, led him one step closer to God’s predestined end result. Equally worthy to note is that Saul’s decisions had the power to lead him away from his destiny. He got to his predestined end result because his servant, his companion and influencer, steered him in the direction he needed to go by reminding him of the importance of consulting God for directions.

Your journey, no matter how innocuous, brings you one step closer to your destiny. Similarly, your decisions has the potential of bringing you nearer or farther from that destiny. Mind the companions (influencers) you take along with you and don’t forget to consult God. Saul’s journey ended with him as king, where will yours take you?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 100

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Samuel 4:12-22
  • 1 Samuel 5-8

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Samuel 8:4-7, 19-20 NLT

Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.

But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

 

Observation (s):

  1. Israel wanted a physical king like all the other nations.

    Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

  2. Israel failed to see that they rejected God as their King, through their desire to mirror other nations by getting a physical king.

    Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer.

  3. The people’s heart was set on getting a king. They refused to listen to Samuel’s warning about the restrictions that having a king would place on them.

    But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said.“We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

     

Application:

I recently saw a video of a young woman who has been job hunting for over a year. All her applications were rejected. Due to these rejections, this woman acknowledged that she was depressed and suffered from self-esteem issues. She often asked herself the questions: “Why didn’t they want me?”, “Why wasn’t I good enough?”

If being rejected by a stranger can cause such as serious blow, can you imagine how God would have felt at Israel’s rejection? Israel was God’s people. God has been with them the whole way, from Egypt to Canaan, fighting for them and leading them into battle. He has been their King yet the people requested an earthly king because they wanted to be like earthly nations. In their eagerness to conform to the world, they overlooked the role God plays in their lives and ignored Samuel’s warnings of the challenges to come.

Don’t make the mistake of the Israelites. Consider this. You reject God each time you choose the earthly version of a role that God already plays in your life. Don’t be so caught up in mirroring others that you reject God’s role in your life and bypass the warnings of the hard road ahead. Think and act careful.


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Kings Exist! They Are Not Dead.

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A dedication to J, a king who loved me and taught me to love wholesomely.

Early last year, I grew to love someone romantically for the first time in years. He was perfect not because I couldn’t see his imperfections but because I did and I still wanted him. He made my day brighter just by being in it. He had the incredible ability to frustrate me in equal proportions as his ability to do something totally ridiculous that would have me squealing with laughter until tears ran down my face or smiled until my jaws hurt. He loved to make me smile! In his words, “What’s the world without the prettiest smile from the prettiest girl?”

He was the first man I’ve been involved with who wanted to pray with and for me. Although most of the times, he was thousands of miles away, travelling, there was never a night that we did not speak or a journey that he did not call to check that I had made it.

He understood that I wasn’t perfect but still he saw perfection in me despite my imperfections. He listened when I spoke. We spoke about the hard topics. We learned to agree to disagree on stuff that we both felt strongly about. He supported, motivated and pushed me to my limits. He was the type of guy who would spend hours learning and quizzing me about a topic that he knew nothing about just because I had an exam coming up. He made me want to be a better person on all levels. He forced me to be brave and let my voice be heard. He made me see the world in a more different and exciting way.

This guy was perfect! Incredibly, we synced and fit on everything but one…the one thing that turned out to be the deal-breaker. Before I knew it, I was planning to let my perfect guy go, overruling his protestations that he wanted me more than some childhood dream. Yet, I couldn’t bear the thought that maybe, just maybe, one day that special glow in his eyes, when he looked at me, would die when the conclusion sunk in that I was really serious and wouldn’t give him the one thing he has yearned for for as long as he could remember. And so, dying a little inside, I let him go and I walked away without looking back. We haven’t spoken since…

My heart aches whenever I hear a woman say that there are no good men out there. I know that’s a lie because I had one and he treated me as his queen. The queen in me rose and aligned to the king in him. But, before I could get there, the queen in me had to be readied so that she would see, acknowledge and respond wholesomely to the king he is. Only then did the incredible and rare thing occurs where we both connected, fitted and synced on another level. This is an experience I wish for all ladies. Only, when you find him, may you get to keep him.

 


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What Do You Need?

One of my most favorite Bible scriptures (St. Luke 18:35-43) tells the story of the blind man who learnt that Jesus was passing by. His blindness didn’t stop him because this man had a need and whilst he was somewhat hindered, he opened his mouth and cried out to Jesus for mercy. I find this act interesting because I can just imagine how packed the crowd was! After all, the amount of people who followed Jesus could be compared to the number of fleas and ticks on wild dogs. Can you just imagine the level of noise he would have to make to be heard?!

Yet he was heard by the people who tried to hush him. This only caused him to cry with more vigour. Eventually, he got Jesus’ attention. Before he knew it, he was brought before Jesus! All because of his persistence, he now had an audience with the king! Totally amazing!

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