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Ezra 4:4
Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.

The path of obedience to God is attended by opposition intent on discouraging all progress. The Enemy works in such a way for us, whatever we seek to do for Jesus. We desire to build in His kingdom and are hindered and frightened by threats of resistance. We are troubled by threats concerning people’s opinions of us or long-range effects, or internal problems with other workers. We face inward discouragement and emotional flashes that tell us just to give up. We do not see the conspiracy unless we recognize that the real source of all the problem is the Enemy of our soul seeking to bring us down. Lord, help us see who our Enemy is, and fight him in Your strength. Lord Jesus go before us!
2 Chronicles 22:3
He too walked on the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong.

This line was filled with violence, murder, mayhem, but Ahaziah getting to the throne produced only the same. His mother had lost husband and all the older sons, but it never occurred to her that her own wickedness was any sort of cause. She encouraged her one remaining son to be wicked, and as it turned out, he only occupied the throne for a year. Wickedness is perpetuated in some families—we see it today! One would think parents would wake up, or children would, or somebody. Yet the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children. Lord, help us reach people caught in family sin patterns, that a people may be raised up for You. Left to ourselves, we perish. Jesus Christ came seeking and saving.
I Chronicles 12:18
Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: "We are yours, O David! We are with you, O son of Jesse! Success, success to you and success to those who help you, for your God will help you."

It is rare that the Spirit of God comes upon an ordinary man to gives him words. This great warrior offers the services of his cohorts with words of commitment, faith, and hope. They declare loyalty to David and trust in God to be with them as thy follow him. We feel the same to our leader, the Son of David. We are His. We are with Him in His battle goals, we expect success, for God will help us. May Jesus receive us and make us leaders of His raiding bands!
Onward! Christian Soldiers, marching as to war! God will help us today.
2 Kings 8:10
Elisha answered, "To and say to him, 'You will certainly recover'; but the Lord has revealed to me that he will in fact die."

Recovering from a particular illness does not mean that we will go on living. Many things can bring a person down, and we ought not to put too much hope in a specific cure. Elisha can assure Ben-Hadad that the illness about which he is enquiring will not be the cause of his death. Ben-Hadad will be wonderfully reassured. But God’s purposes for Ben-Hadad are still that he be removed from the scene. Lord, forgive us our sin, that whatever happens in the changes of our health, our souls will dwell secure with You. If our present ailment does not kill us, something will. Our hope is in Jesus Christ Your Son, who died for us that we might live. Praise His Name.
I Kings 4:33
He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.

Solomon’s wisdom was more than ability to make right choices as a counselor, a philosopher or a theologian. He had a grasp of political wisdom, social protocol, and common sense. Solomon was what would later be called a “Renaissance Man”. His wisdom included the scientific, observing and categorizing of animals and plants in the world around him. Not everything was written down and categorized according to our modern method. Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas would cover the same ground in ways that would be examples for the modern world. But God gave these gifts to Solomon, and it became known and admired throughout the ancient world. Lord, we accept the gift of science as from You. Glory to Your Great Name!
2 Samuel 18:14
Joab said, "I'm not going to wait like this for you." So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom's heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree.

From a political point-of-view, Joab had more wisdom that David. Joab could see that there was no hope of reclaiming any loyalty from Absalom, that David’s emotional yearning for Absalom to be spared made no sense at all. He obviously thought he could manipulate things with the king. He was a resolute man, courageous and forthright, and he cut to the quick of the problem by slaying Absalom. We are all glad he did, even though we know it really upset David. Now we can move on. Joab was a wicked, godless man, but God used Him in this circumstance. Lord, we submit to Your sovereignty. Use us in the path of obedience.
I Samuel 18:14
In everything he did he had great success , because the Lord was with him.

David’s star is rising. God is giving him success, positioning him into a place of influence and power, at a time when Saul does not want to see this happen. David’s success and popularity will serve to exacerbate the envy and hatred of King Saul, so that David’s success will never be a real joy to him. We might have thought, “Get Saul out of the way, and let David accomplish what he can for Israel. God did not, does not do it this way. Earthly success is always tempered by particular problems. Every blessing is mixed with bother. All success has a secret, personal cost. Lord, help us this day to embrace the struggle part of our success. You have made us for Yourself. Make our only real joy to be Jesus.
Ruth 2:19
Her mother-in-law asked her,"Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!"

God’s purposes for their lives is just beginning to unfold, and at this point it looks pretty much like chance that brought Ruth to Boaz’ field. She just lucked out. But as the story unfolds, we see the wonderful hand of God in every detail. Naomi advises and Ruth responds step by step as seems good to them, but God is unfolding step by step His will for their lives. How is such dealing going on inour lives today? Do we feel like we are stumbling through, doing the best we know at the time? And is God working in each detail to bring about His will? He would have us trust. Help us, Lord, to see even little decisions as Your will for our lives.

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