There is a bible story about David, the King
Mostly when talked about, it is about his sin
What I see is a story of Grace and Restoration
Rejoicing I thank God, there is no separation
A man after God’s own heart
He was the greatest sinner
And yet You called him that
What did he do? He loved you
Repenting for a start
Accepting what sin did to him
He never turned his back
Lord let me learn a lesson
From this man who stole Your heart.
COMMENT ON A SINNER
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of David.
David had many qualities described in his own writings.
He was trusting
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear
He was loving
I love you, O Lord, my strength
He was repentant
For the sake of your name. O Lord, forgive my iniquity,
though it is great
It shows the grace and love of God. Anything is forgiven if I repent.
I am a sinner and there is great comfort in knowing that I have a God
who is greater than any sin.
What I learned was that no matter what problems or how hard life
becomes I accept it never doubting that it will be for my good.
I want to be a woman after His own heart.
“I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill
all my will”.
Summary of passage: Methuselah became the father of Lamech who was Noah’s father. Noah fathered Shem, Ham and Japheth. All lived long lives.
11) Methuselah and he was 969 years old.
12) God kept Seth’s descendants alive longer than others so they would have a chance to repent before he sent the flood (right after Methuselah died). Also, Seth’s descendants lived right after the Fall. God had intended man to live forever so because it was so close to the Fall, God kept man alive longer.
I would speculate God wanted the earth populated so he allowed man to live longer so he could procreate more.
Also, the atmosphere/environment was very different before the flood destroyed everything. Think of the differences say in the times of Dinosaurs and Ice Ages. The world was a different place. Everything was teeming with life. No pollutants or hazards in the environment. Probably little illnesses and diseases as of yet. Abundant food. We don’t hear of starvation during this time. Genetically, there probably wasn’t a lot of harmful mutations yet. God is still very, very close to His people here–physically–so they lived longer.
As more and more generations passed, more and more turning from God entered the world. Sin accumulated. Thus, I would say God decided to shorten man’s life in accordance. To lessen the evil we do to ourselves and in the world.
Ultimately, it’s God’s will and grace that determines how long we live. The rest is just speculation.
Conclusions: The only day I liked in this lesson. It shows how everything is God’s will and is in His grace. Perfect lesson for me today.
This question popped in my mind during lecture this week and I’ve been mulling it over ever since.
We were talking about embracing suffering…
I have been fighting demons every day and it seems like I lose every day.
I woke up this morning with a new thought: one day at a time.
In my other bible study (yes, I am now doing two and I’m not for sure why besides out of pure insanity) one lady talks about how her husband has not had a drink in 18 months. Admittedly, this annoyed me. Until I realized it was a good idea.
Taking life one step at a time, one moment at a time, striving to do better, to be better–all under God’s grace.
To overcome whatever lies the devil is speaking to our hearts. To think before act. To remain calm when society says this world is anything but.
Am I broken? Yes. We all are. And that is okay.
We don’t have to have it all together because if we did we’d be perfect. And we all know the only One who’s perfect.
Yet in my brokenness I can still be all God wants me to be. And more.
If I only choose to believe. In me. In Him. In His purpose for my life. And in my ability to overcome my demons. In God’s power to do so. Rebuke them and put them where they belong. All as God’s grace and mercy flow. Perpetually. Forever. Amen.