Today in God’s Word
2 Samuel 21; Galatians 1; Ezekiel 28; Psalm 77
In 2 Samuel 21 today we see David seeking the LORD for help during a famine. God responds to the plea for rain upon the land only after the bloodguilt is addressed. I take from this that God is interested in how I live, not just how I believe. He desires that I would do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly before him (cf. Micah 6:8). There is a communion with God that is interrupted by my sin and there is an important place for confession and for restoration. It is important that I have love for my neighbor and that I fight for justice in this world. Perhaps this means for us today the commitment of troops and resources to stop the hand of Muslim terrorists in Syria. Perhaps in means for me today that I take part in the fight against abortion? Perhaps this means for me today that I seek restoration with a family member or a friend.
Am I stifling the blessings of God by holding onto sin and by failing to do justice? Am I proud and hungry when I should be humble and well fed? Do I come before the LORD honestly and in surrender that I might take refuge in him? God used a famine here to bring his people unto repentance…do I see his merciful hand of discipline at work in my life?
Soli Deo Gloria!