July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

Becky G. Hall
Laity
Scenic South District

 

“God Responds and Answers”
1 Chronicles 14:1-2 (NIV)

14 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons and carpenters to build a palace for him. And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

Devotion

I chose this scripture partly because I have always been fascinated with David’s life of being strong in his faith, yet also reading of his extreme periods of weakness. It is the humanness of him that is hopeful for all of us.  God continued to reach out to David just as he continues to pursue and love us even when we drift away.
 
After David was selected to replace Saul as king, he lived in fear of his life for ten years.  After King Saul died, David could confidently serve as king. 1 Chronicles 14:2 says there was excitement in Jerusalem because the Lord had established David as king over Israel. 
 
The beginning of 1 Chronicles 14 connects to 2 Samuel 5 where it talks about the nations, especially mentioning Hiram, king of Tyre.   King Hiram, as well as others, acknowledged the Lord’s anointing David and they began seeking his favor.  Neighboring kings honored David with the finest craftspeople and wood to build him a palace.  This certainly demonstrated that King David knew how to make political alliances. King Hiram sent masons, carpenters, and valuable cedar timbers.  King David thought God was blessing him and honoring him because of his efforts to bring the ark into Jerusalem. Yet David knew that the blessing was not personal but was for the nation of the people of Israel. He realized that he was where God wanted him to be and he knew God was blessing him mightily.  (One note on the exchange of goods, Tyre was short of food and Israel needed the cedar so there was a beautiful sharing of items.)
 
It is interesting to me how David looked for guidance from God and asked direct questions and often received direct answers. It is important that we ask God direct questions. We should seek the guidance of God by asking specific questions. How often do we have our plans in place, and then we say, “God, please bless my plans”? Do we take the time to stop, pray, and listen for God’s direction?  Often we have a brilliant idea and just know it is what God would want us to implement.  We might be missing the signal or the guidance that God is giving us.  I believe that you can ask God a direct question and get a direct answer. Be patient.  Let us all feel how blessed we are by God, just as David felt in this passage.

Prayer

Dear gracious God, thank you for your love, patience, and blessings.  Keep reminding us that you will guide us if we ask you and then wait for direction.  Help us to continue to serve you.  Amen.
 
 

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