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1 Kings 2- Ecclesiastes 8- God makes both the good and bad times!

 It sure is fun to be reading Ecclesiastes again!  It's been awhile since I last read this!  There is sooo much good stuff in there!!  Was there one verse that stood out to you?  One verse that hit me hard was found in chapter 7, "When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future." (7:14) Why is it that whenever we have it good, we can "see God's hand in our lives", but when things go wrong we think he has abandoned us?  The verse above reminds me that God sets up both circumstances.  He is with us ALL the time and watches to see how we respond to the circumstances he sets up.  Will we be faithful regardless of our daily life circumstances?  God is super concerned about the genuineness of our faith.  To him our faith is worth more than gold!!! (1Peter 1:7) Therefore, he uses both the good times and the bad to refine our faith (Psalm 66:1

2 Samual 15- 1 Kings 1- God knows the heart!

I have to be honest, I paused a long time contemplating Joab last week!  I liked Joab!  He was so loyal to David....or so I thought.....😞 I guess the old saying rings true, you can't judge a book by it's cover! I tried hard to follow all the names that were listed in the chapters related to Joab.  It turns out, he was David's nephew! (1 Chronicles 2:13-17) Remember, David was the youngest of 7 brothers? He also had two sisters. If you take the time to draw out the family tree, you will see a lot of relationships between David and his warriors. Joab, the son of David's sister may have been close in age to David if David's sister was older than those 7 brothers. So, it makes sense that David would have loyal family members helping him, and have them in high positions.  As I read, I did think it was strange and even bad that Joab did some killing of close family members (Absalom, Abner and  Amasa).  But, I thought he was doing it to secure King David's position!  

2 Samual 12-18- A man after God's heart!

I love reading the Psalms that David wrote that correlate to the Samual reading!  Early this week we read how Nathan rebuked David for the sin he committed by having an affair with a married woman and then covering it up with a murder. 😱 It's interesting to read the narrative in 2 Samual, but it is absolutely fascinating to get a "behind the scene glimpse" into what David was thinking at the time!   I am so glad David "kept a diary" of sorts, because we get to see his contrite heart, the type of heart that God likes! Remember Samual said, "the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart" 1 Sam 13:14, referring to David.  The thoughts of David recorded in Psalms give us an idea of what that means! David did not respond with the pride of a king, like Saul's responses to his sin, rather he begged for mercy from God (Psalm 51:1) He acknowledged his sin. 51:3 He understood the consequences of sin. 51:4 (That's why he begged for mercy) He asked to

2 Samual 5-11

 Hello all, Confession here.  I am in a motorhome traveling across the country so writing the blog has been a bit more difficult for me. BUT, I am keeping up with the reading! How about you?  This blog should have been posted 3 days ago so you may not remember what stood out to you last week, but I wanted to quickly share what stood out to me.  2 Samual 7:14-15, “I will be to him a father, and he will be me a son. When he commits an equity I will discipline him with the right of men, with this stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.” Obviously, God is talking about Solomon (and maybe even foreshadowing Jesus as far as saying David’s throne will be established forever), but, I can’t help focusing in on how God said, when he (Solomon, you and me) do something wrong, we will be disciplined (suffer the consequences, just as David did in chapter 12), but God’s “steadfast love will not depart from hi