Don’t become bitter! Don’t retaliate! Put your trust in God!


Don’t become bitter! Don’t retaliate! Put your trust in God! We need to hold onto the hope and trust that come from a relationship with God! We need to remember that the battle belongs to the Lord! Vengeance is mine says the Lord! So no matter what the other person is saying or doing, make sure it doesn’t drag you into doing something that you will end up regretting for the rest of your life!

David Flees from Saul

1David went to the priest Ahimelech in Nob. Ahimelech came out trembling to meet him and asked, “Why did you come here all by yourself?”
2“I am here on the king’s business,” David answered. “He told me not to let anyone know what he sent me to do. As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. 3Now, then, what supplies do you have? Give me five loaves of bread or anything else you have.” 4The priest said, “I don’t have any ordinary bread, only sacred bread; you can have it if your men haven’t had sexual relations recently.” 5“Of course they haven’t,” answered David. “My men always keep themselves ritually pure even when we go out on an ordinary mission; how much more this time when we are on a special mission!” 6So the priest gave David the sacred bread, because the only bread he had was the loaves offered to God, which had been removed from the sacred table and replaced by fresh bread.
( 7Saul’s chief herdsman, Doeg, who was from Edom, happened to be there that day, because he had to fulfill a religious obligation.) 8David said to Ahimelech, “Do you have a spear or a sword you can give me? The king’s orders made me leave in such a hurry that I didn’t have time to get my sword or any other weapon.” 9Ahimelech answered, “I have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in Elah Valley; it is behind the ephod, wrapped in a cloth. If you want it, take it—it’s the only weapon here.”
“Give it to me,” David said. “There is not a better sword anywhere!” 10So David left, fleeing from Saul, and went to King Achish of Gath. 11The king’s officials said to Achish, “Isn’t this David, the king of his country? This is the man about whom the women sang, as they danced, ‘Saul has killed thousands, but David has killed tens of thousands.’”
12Their words made a deep impression on David, and he became very much afraid of King Achish. 13So whenever David was around them, he pretended to be insane and acted like a madman when they tried to restrain him; he would scribble on the city gates and let spit drool down his beard. 14So Achish said to his officials, “Look! The man is crazy! Why did you bring him to me? 15Don’t I have enough madmen already? Why bring another one to bother me with his crazy actions right here in my own house?”

–from 1 Samuel 21

You are not alone! Your response and actions may be the motivating factor needed to move God’s plan forward!

The Slaughter of the Priests

1David fled from the city of Gath and went to a cave near the town of Adullam. When his brothers and the rest of the family heard that he was there, they joined him. 2People who were oppressed or in debt or dissatisfied went to him, about four hundred men in all, and he became their leader.
3David went on from there to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and mother come and stay with you until I find out what God is going to do for me.” 4So David left his parents with the king of Moab, and they stayed there as long as David was hiding out in the cave. 5Then the prophet Gad came to David and said, “Don’t stay here; go at once to the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth. 6One day Saul was in Gibeah, sitting under a tamarisk tree on a hill, with his spear in his hand, and all his officers were standing around him. He was told that David and his men had been located, 7and he said to his officers, “Listen, men of Benjamin! Do you think that David will give fields and vineyards to all of you, and make you officers in his army? 8Is that why you are plotting against me? Not one of you told me that my own son had made an alliance with David. No one is concerned about me or tells me that David, one of my own men, is right now looking for a chance to kill me, and that my son has encouraged him!” 9Doeg was standing there with Saul’s officers, and he said, “I saw David when he went to Ahimelech son of Ahitub in Nob. 10Ahimelech asked the Lord what David should do, and then he gave David some food and the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”
11So King Saul sent for the priest Ahimelech and all his relatives, who were also priests in Nob, and they came to him. 12Saul said to Ahimelech, “Listen, Ahimelech!” “At your service, sir,” he answered. 13Saul asked him, “Why are you and David plotting against me? Why did you give him some food and a sword, and consult God for him? Now he has turned against me and is waiting for a chance to kill me!” 14Ahimelech answered, “David is the most faithful officer you have! He is your own son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard, and highly respected by everyone in the royal court. 15Yes, I consulted God for him, and it wasn’t the first time. As for plotting against you, Your Majesty must not accuse me or anyone else in my family. I don’t know anything about this matter!”
16The king said, “Ahimelech, you and all your relatives must die.” 17Then he said to the guards standing near him, “Kill the Lord’s priests! They conspired with David and did not tell me that he had run away, even though they knew it all along.” But the guards refused to lift a hand to kill the Lord’s priests. 18So Saul said to Doeg, “You kill them!”—and Doeg killed them all. On that day he killed eighty-five priests who were qualified to carry the ephod. 19Saul also had all the other inhabitants of Nob, the city of priests, put to death: men and women, children and babies, cattle, donkeys, and sheep—they were all killed. 20But Abiathar, one of Ahimelech’s sons, escaped, and went and joined David. 21He told him how Saul had slaughtered the priests of the Lord. 22David said to him, “When I saw Doeg there that day, I knew that he would be sure to tell Saul. So I am responsible for the death of all your relatives. 23Stay with me and don’t be afraid. Saul wants to kill both you and me, but you will be safe with me.”

–from 1 Samuel 22

Don’t try to do it alone! Call out to God for wisdom! Ask Him what He would have you do! Don’t be ruled by fear, but rather allow God’s will to lead you and guide you!

David Saves the Town of Keilah

1David heard that the Philistines were attacking the town of Keilah and were stealing the newly harvested grain. 2So he asked the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines?” “Yes,” the Lord answered. “Attack them and save Keilah.” 3But David’s men said to him, “We have enough to be afraid of here in Judah; it will be much worse if we go to Keilah and attack the Philistine forces!” 4So David consulted the Lord again, and the Lord said to him, “Go and attack Keilah, because I will give you victory over the Philistines.” 5So David and his men went to Keilah and attacked the Philistines; they killed many of them and took their livestock. And so it was that David saved the town. 6When Abiathar son of Ahimelech escaped and joined David in Keilah, he took the ephod with him. 7Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has put him in my power. David has trapped himself by going into a walled town with fortified gates.” 8So Saul called his troops to war, to march against Keilah and besiege David and his men. 9When David heard that Saul was planning to attack him, he said to the priest Abiathar, “Bring the ephod here.” 10Then David said, “Lord, God of Israel, I have heard that Saul is planning to come to Keilah and destroy it on account of me, your servant. 11Will the citizens of Keilah hand me over to Saul? Will Saul really come, as I have heard? Lord, God of Israel, I beg you to answer me!” The Lord answered, “Saul will come.” 12“And will the citizens of Keilah hand my men and me over to Saul?” David asked again. “They will,” the Lord answered. 13So David and his men—about six hundred in all—left Keilah at once and kept on the move. When Saul heard that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up his plan.

David in the Hill Country

14David stayed in hiding in the hill country, in the wilderness near Ziph. Saul was always trying to find him, but God did not turn David over to him. 15David saw that Saul was out to kill him. David was at Horesh, in the wilderness near Ziph. 16Jonathan went to him there and encouraged him with assurances of God’s protection, 17saying to him, “Don’t be afraid. My father Saul won’t be able to harm you. He knows very well that you are the one who will be the king of Israel and that I will be next in rank to you.” 18The two of them made a sacred promise of friendship to each other. David stayed at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.
19Some people from Ziph went to Saul at Gibeah and said, “David is hiding out in our territory at Horesh on Mount Hachilah, in the southern part of the Judean wilderness. 20We know, Your Majesty, how much you want to capture him; so come to our territory, and we will make sure that you catch him.”
21Saul answered, “May the Lord bless you for being so kind to me! 22Go and make sure once more; find out for certain where he is and who has seen him there. I hear that he is very cunning. 23Find out exactly the places where he hides, and be sure to bring back a report to me right away. Then I will go with you, and if he is still in the region, I will hunt him down, even if I have to search the whole land of Judah.” 24So they left and returned to Ziph ahead of Saul. David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in a desolate valley in the southern part of the Judean wilderness. 25Saul and his men set out to look for David, but he heard about it and went to a rocky hill in the wilderness of Maon and stayed there. When Saul heard about this, he went after David. 26Saul and his men were on one side of the hill, separated from David and his men, who were on the other side. They were hurrying to get away from Saul and his men, who were closing in on them and were about to capture them. 27Just then a messenger arrived and said to Saul, “Come back at once! The Philistines are invading the country!” 28So Saul stopped pursuing David and went to fight the Philistines. That is why that place is called Separation Hill. 29David left and went to the region of Engedi, where he stayed in hiding.

–from 1 Samuel 23

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Ever been chased or persecuted for no reason of your own?


Ever been in a situation where someone else’s jealousy or pride have triggered some type of vengeful response to you? Ever found yourself being chased from where you should have been? Ever found yourself wondering why? wondering how come? How about to the point where others come to your defense? Let’s continue in our reading as we play catch up from the reading plan and see how David felt.

David Is Persecuted by Saul

1Saul told his son Jonathan and all his officials that he planned to kill David. But Jonathan was very fond of David, 2and so he told him, “My father is trying to kill you. Please be careful tomorrow morning; hide in some secret place and stay there. 3I will go and stand by my father in the field where you are hiding, and I will speak to him about you. If I find out anything, I will let you know.”
4Jonathan praised David to Saul and said, “Sir, don’t do wrong to your servant David. He has never done you any wrong; on the contrary, everything he has done has been a great help to you. 5He risked his life when he killed Goliath, and the Lord won a great victory for Israel. When you saw it, you were glad. Why, then, do you now want to do wrong to an innocent man and kill David for no reason at all?” 6Saul was convinced by what Jonathan said and made a vow in the Lord’s name that he would not kill David. 7So Jonathan called David and told him everything; then he took him to Saul, and David served the king as he had before. 8War with the Philistines broke out again. David attacked them and defeated them so thoroughly that they fled. 9One day an evil spirit from the Lord took control of Saul. He was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was there, playing his harp. 10Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear, but David dodged, and the spear stuck in the wall. David ran away and escaped. 11That same night Saul sent some men to watch David’s house and kill him the next morning. Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t get away tonight, tomorrow you will be dead.” 12She let him down from a window, and he ran away and escaped. 13Then she took the household idol, laid it on the bed, put a pillow made of goats’ hair at its head, and put a cover over it. 14When Saul’s men came to get David, Michal told them that he was sick. 15But Saul sent them back to see David for themselves. He ordered them, “Carry him here in his bed, and I will kill him.” 16They went inside and found the household idol in the bed and the goats’ hair pillow at its head. 17Saul asked Michal, “Why have you tricked me like this and let my enemy escape?” She answered, “He said he would kill me if I didn’t help him escape.” 18David escaped and went to Samuel in Ramah and told him everything that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19Saul was told that David was in Naioth in Ramah, 20so he sent some men to arrest him. They saw the group of prophets dancing and shouting, with Samuel as their leader. Then the spirit of God took control of Saul’s men, and they also began to dance and shout. 21When Saul heard of this, he sent more messengers, and they also began to dance and shout. He sent messengers the third time, and the same thing happened to them. 22Then he himself started out to Ramah. When he came to the large well in Secu, he asked where Samuel and David were and was told that they were at Naioth. 23As he was going there, the spirit of God took control of him also, and he danced and shouted all the way to Naioth. 24He took off his clothes and danced and shouted in Samuel’s presence, and lay naked all that day and all that night. (This is how the saying originated, “Has even Saul become a prophet?”)

–from 1 Samuel 19

Don’t give up or lose faith! God will work even what the enemy has planned for evil and turn it around and use it for good! Don’t allow your heart to become calloused, but rather live with a heart of love and forgiveness! Live in unison with God and His will! Don’t do anything crazy, and don’t do anything that would pull you from God’s plan and purpose! The truth will be revealed! There is no reason to give up hope!

Jonathan Helps David

1Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah and went to Jonathan. “What have I done?” he asked. “What crime have I committed? What wrong have I done to your father to make him want to kill me?” 2Jonathan answered, “God forbid that you should die! My father tells me everything he does, important or not, and he would not hide this from me. It just isn’t so!” 3But David answered, “Your father knows very well how much you like me, and he has decided not to let you know what he plans to do, because you would be deeply hurt. I swear to you by the living Lord that I am only a step away from death!”
4Jonathan said, “I’ll do anything you want.” 5“Tomorrow is the New Moon Festival,” David replied, “and I am supposed to eat with the king. But if it’s all right with you, I will go and hide in the fields until the evening of the day after tomorrow. 6If your father notices that I am not at the table, tell him that I begged your permission to hurry home to Bethlehem, since it’s the time for the annual sacrifice there for my whole family. 7If he says, ‘All right,’ I will be safe; but if he becomes angry, you will know that he is determined to harm me. 8Please do me this favor, and keep the sacred promise you made to me. But if I’m guilty, kill me yourself Why take me to your father to be killed?”
9“Don’t even think such a thing!” Jonathan answered. “If I knew for sure that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn’t I tell you?” 10David then asked, “Who will let me know if your father answers you angrily?” 11“Let’s go out to the fields,” Jonathan answered. So they went, 12and Jonathan said to David, “May the Lord God of Israel be our witness! At this time tomorrow and on the following day I will question my father. If his attitude toward you is good, I will send you word. 13If he intends to harm you, may the Lord strike me dead if I don’t let you know about it and get you safely away. May the Lord be with you as he was with my father! 14And if I remain alive, please keep your sacred promise and be loyal to me; but if I die, 15show the same kind of loyalty to my family forever. And when the Lord has completely destroyed all your enemies, 16may our promise to each other still be unbroken. If it is broken, the Lord will punish you.” 17Once again Jonathan made David promise to love him, for Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself. 18Then Jonathan said to him, “Since tomorrow is the New Moon Festival, your absence will be noticed if you aren’t at the meal. 19The day after tomorrow your absence will be noticed even more; so go to the place where you hid yourself the other time, and hide behind the pile of stones there. 20I will then shoot three arrows at it, as though it were a target. 21Then I will tell my servant to go and find them. And if I tell him, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; get them,’ that means that you are safe and can come out. I swear by the living Lord that you will be in no danger. 22But if I tell him, ‘The arrows are on the other side of you,’ then leave, because the Lord is sending you away. 23As for the promise we have made to each other, the Lord will make sure that we will keep it forever.”
24So David hid in the fields. At the New Moon Festival, King Saul came to the meal 25and sat in his usual place by the wall. Abner sat next to him, and Jonathan sat across the table from him. David’s place was empty, 26but Saul said nothing that day, because he thought, “Something has happened to him, and he is not ritually pure.” 27On the following day, the day after the New Moon Festival, David’s place was still empty, and Saul asked Jonathan, “Why didn’t David come to the meal either yesterday or today?”
28Jonathan answered, “He begged me to let him go to Bethlehem. 29‘Please let me go,’ he said, ‘because our family is celebrating the sacrificial feast in town, and my brother ordered me to be there. So then, if you are my friend, let me go and see my relatives.’ That is why he isn’t in his place at your table.” 30Saul became furious with Jonathan and said to him, “How rebellious and faithless your mother was! Now I know you are taking sides with David and are disgracing yourself and that mother of yours! 31Don’t you realize that as long as David is alive, you will never be king of this country? Now go and bring him here—he must die!” 32“Why should he die?” Jonathan replied. “What has he done?” 33At that, Saul threw his spear at Jonathan to kill him, and Jonathan realized that his father was really determined to kill David. 34Jonathan got up from the table in a rage and ate nothing that day—the second day of the New Moon Festival. He was deeply distressed about David, because Saul had insulted him. 35The following morning Jonathan went to the fields to meet David, as they had agreed. He took a young boy with him 36and said to him, “Run and find the arrows I’m going to shoot.” The boy ran, and Jonathan shot an arrow beyond him. 37When the boy reached the place where the arrow had fallen, Jonathan shouted to him, “The arrow is farther on! 38Don’t just stand there! Hurry up!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master, 39not knowing what it all meant; only Jonathan and David knew. 40Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and told him to take them back to town. 41After the boy had left, David got up from behind the pile of stones, fell on his knees and bowed with his face to the ground three times. Both he and Jonathan were crying as they kissed each other; David’s grief was even greater than Jonathan’s. 42Then Jonathan said to David, “God be with you. The Lord will make sure that you and I, and your descendants and mine, will forever keep the sacred promise we have made to each other.” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

–from 1 Samuel 20

Ever had a moment where you connected with someone immediately and became best friends?


Today, I wanted to go back and catch up daily readings that weren’t complete yet as the reading plan has no specific reading for today. So it starts back on day 130…Love is a powerful thing and if you are on the wrong side of it, there may be complications. If you have too much pride it made trip you up more than you realize. So let’s check out what our reading shows!

1Saul and David finished their conversation. After that, Saul’s son Jonathan was deeply attracted to David and came to love him as much as he loved himself. 2Saul kept David with him from that day on and did not let him go back home. 3Jonathan swore eternal friendship with David because of his deep affection for him. 4He took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, together with his armor and also his sword, bow, and belt. 5David was successful in all the missions on which Saul sent him, and so Saul made him an officer in his army. This pleased all of Saul’s officers and men.

Saul Becomes Jealous of David

6As David was returning after killing Goliath and as the soldiers were coming back home, women from every town in Israel came out to meet King Saul. They were singing joyful songs, dancing, and playing tambourines and lyres. 7In their celebration the women sang, “Saul has killed thousands, but David tens of thousands.” 8Saul did not like this, and he became very angry. He said, “For David they claim tens of thousands, but only thousands for me. They will be making him king next!” 9And so he was jealous and suspicious of David from that day on.
10The next day an evil spirit from God suddenly took control of Saul, and he raved in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did every day, and Saul was holding a spear. 11“I’ll pin him to the wall,” Saul said to himself, and he threw the spear at him twice; but David dodged each time. 12Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with David but had abandoned him. 13So Saul sent him away and put him in command of a thousand men. David led his men in battle 14and was successful in all he did, because the Lord was with him. 15Saul noticed David’s success and became even more afraid of him. 16But everyone in Israel and Judah loved David because he was such a successful leader.

David Marries Saul’s Daughter

17Then Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you as your wife on condition that you serve me as a brave and loyal soldier, and fight the Lord’s battles.” (Saul was thinking that in this way the Philistines would kill David, and he would not have to do it himself.) 18David answered, “Who am I and what is my family that I should become the king’s son-in-law?” 19But when the time came for Merab to be given to David, she was given instead to a man named Adriel from Meholah. 20Saul’s daughter Michal, however, fell in love with David, and when Saul heard of this, he was pleased. 21He said to himself, “I’ll give Michal to David; I will use her to trap him, and he will be killed by the Philistines.” So for the second time Saul said to David, “You will be my son-in-law.” 22He ordered his officials to speak privately with David and tell him, “The king is pleased with you and all his officials like you; now is a good time for you to marry his daughter.” 23So they told this to David, and he answered, “It’s a great honor to become the king’s son-in-law, too great for someone poor and insignificant like me.” 24The officials told Saul what David had said, 25and Saul ordered them to tell David: “All the king wants from you as payment for the bride are the foreskins of a hundred dead Philistines, as revenge on his enemies.” (This was how Saul planned to have David killed by the Philistines.) 26Saul’s officials reported to David what Saul had said, and David was delighted with the thought of becoming the king’s son-in-law. Before the day set for the wedding, 27David and his men went and killed two hundred Philistines. He took their foreskins to the king and counted them all out to him, so that he might become his son-in-law. So Saul had to give his daughter Michal in marriage to David. 28Saul realized clearly that the Lord was with David and also that his daughter Michal loved him. 29So he became even more afraid of David and was his enemy as long as he lived. 30The Philistine armies would come and fight, but in every battle David was more successful than any of Saul’s other officers. As a result David became very famous.

–from 1 Samuel 18

What can you do with the little you can find?


Concerned you can’t do it because you don’t have enough? Concerned you won’t make it because you have too little? Worried you are in a no win situation because odds seem against you? Worried that the needs are too great for the little you have to make a difference? Worried that the ask upon you is unrealistic and that you can’t make it happen with the little you have?

Turn it around! Worry changes nothing, Prayer changes everything! Nothing is too big for God! Nothing is impossible for God! So let’s give the little we have into the hands of God and allow Him to work miracles that will transform the lives of the people around us! Don’t give up! Don’t worry! Don’t be concerned! PUT YOUR HOPE AND YOUR TRUST IN JESUS and watch what He can do with the little you can offer up to Him! Don’t hold back the little you have out of fear that you won’t have enough! Trust in Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! We need to have childlike faith and believe in Him! Watch what the faith of a child giving up his lunch did for the thousands who were around him.

Today’s reading starts on just such a note, so let’s take a look…

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

(Matthew 14.13-21; Mark 6.30-44; Luke 9.10-17)

1After this, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias, as it is also called). 2A large crowd followed him, because they had seen his miracles of healing the sick. 3Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. 4The time for the Passover Festival was near. 5Jesus looked around and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, so he asked Philip, “Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?” ( 6He said this to test Philip; actually he already knew what he would do.)

7Philip answered, “For everyone to have even a little, it would take more than two hundred silver coins to buy enough bread.”
8Another one of his disciples, Andrew, who was Simon Peter’s brother, said, 9“There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But they will certainly not be enough for all these people.”

10“Make the people sit down,” Jesus told them. (There was a lot of grass there.) So all the people sat down; there were about five thousand men. 11Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and distributed it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted. 12When they were all full, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces left over; let us not waste a bit.” 13So they gathered them all and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left over from the five barley loaves which the people had eaten.

14Seeing this miracle that Jesus had performed, the people there said, “Surely this is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” 15Jesus knew that they were about to come and seize him in order to make him king by force; so he went off again to the hills by himself.

–from John 6

So let’s walk by faith and not by sight! Let’s not allow what we see or hear to hold us back from what God and will do in and through our lives! This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Don’t be worried or afraid because of the situation you find yourself in, rather put your hope and trust in God and watch the miracles that will happen! In this world we will face troubles, trials, challenges, but Jesus told us not to worry for He has already overcome the world! He has already won the victory so we don’t have to worry! Today’s reading continues with the following…

The Example of Christ’s Suffering

18You servants must submit yourselves to your masters and show them complete respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19God will bless you for this, if you endure the pain of undeserved suffering because you are conscious of his will. 20For what credit is there if you endure the beatings you deserve for having done wrong? But if you endure suffering even when you have done right, God will bless you for it. 21It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps. 22He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips. 23When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge. 24Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed. 25You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of your souls.

–from 1 Peter 2

So turn back to Jesus! Allow Him to lead you and guide you! All Him to be the foundation of your faith so that you won’t be worried, concerned, or shaken! This is the day that God has made! He knows what He is doing! He’s got it all under control! GOD IS LOVE! So be His! Allow the love to flow like a song of love into and through and around your life! Allow it to permeate you and to influence and fill those around you!

1Asleep on my bed, night after night I dreamed of the one I love; I was looking for him, but couldn’t find him. 2I went wandering through the city, through its streets and alleys. I looked for the one I love. I looked, but couldn’t find him. 3The sentries patrolling the city saw me. I asked them, “Have you found my lover?” 4As soon as I left them, I found him. I held him and wouldn’t let him go until I took him to my mother’s house, to the room where I was born. 5Promise me, women of Jerusalem; swear by the swift deer and the gazelles that you will not interrupt our love.

The Third Song

The Woman

6What is this coming from the desert like a column of smoke, fragrant with incense and myrrh, the incense sold by the traders? 7Solomon is coming, carried on his throne; sixty soldiers form the bodyguard, the finest soldiers in Israel. 8All of them are skillful with the sword; they are battle-hardened veterans. Each of them is armed with a sword, on guard against a night attack. 9King Solomon is carried on a throne made of the finest wood. 10Its posts are covered with silver; over it is cloth embroidered with gold. Its cushions are covered with purple cloth, lovingly woven by the women of Jerusalem. 11Women of Zion, come and see King Solomon. He is wearing the crown that his mother placed on his head on his wedding day, on the day of his gladness and joy.

–from Song of Songs 3

It all points to one thing…


Ever researched? Ever investigated? Ever tried to get to the root of something? Ever tried to see where it was pointing? Ever tried to figure out where it is going? There is an answer!

When you read the Bible, it all points to one thing! The old testament speak of what is the come! The new testament speaks to what happened and how the prophecies were fulfilled! The answer is Jesus!

Today’s reading starts with this …

Witnesses to Jesus

30“I can do nothing on my own authority; I judge only as God tells me, so my judgment is right, because I am not trying to do what I want, but only what he who sent me wants.

31“If I testify on my own behalf, what I say is not to be accepted as real proof. 32But there is someone else who testifies on my behalf, and I know that what he says about me is true. 33John is the one to whom you sent your messengers, and he spoke on behalf of the truth. 34It is not that I must have a human witness; I say this only in order that you may be saved. 35John was like a lamp, burning and shining, and you were willing for a while to enjoy his light. 36But I have a witness on my behalf which is even greater than the witness that John gave: what I do, that is, the deeds my Father gave me to do, these speak on my behalf and show that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father, who sent me, also testifies on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his face, 38and you do not keep his message in your hearts, for you do not believe in the one whom he sent. 39You study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. And these very Scriptures speak about me! 40Yet you are not willing to come to me in order to have life.

41“I am not looking for human praise. 42But I know what kind of people you are, and I know that you have no love for God in your hearts. 43I have come with my Father’s authority, but you have not received me; when, however, someone comes with his own authority, you will receive him. 44You like to receive praise from one another, but you do not try to win praise from the one who alone is God; how, then, can you believe me? 45Do not think, however, that I am the one who will accuse you to my Father. Moses, in whom you have put your hope, is the very one who will accuse you. 46If you had really believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me. 47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how can you believe what I say?”

–from John 5

Will you believe? What will it take? God has made a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be reconciled back to Him! He bridged the gap through the work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection which bring us the power of eternal life! Will you believe? God loves you so much that He gave His one and only Son Jesus so that we could be saved! There is no greater love than to give your life for a friend, and Jesus gave His life for you and me! So let’s step up and live to the calling God has put on our lives!

9But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light. 10At one time you were not God’s people, but now you are his people; at one time you did not know God’s mercy, but now you have received his mercy.

Slaves of God

11I appeal to you, my friends, as strangers and refugees in this world! Do not give in to bodily passions, which are always at war against the soul. 12Your conduct among the heathen should be so good that when they accuse you of being evildoers, they will have to recognize your good deeds and so praise God on the Day of his coming.

13For the sake of the Lord submit yourselves to every human authority: to the Emperor, who is the supreme authority, 14and to the governors, who have been appointed by him to punish the evildoers and to praise those who do good. 15For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do. 16Live as free people; do not, however, use your freedom to cover up any evil, but live as God’s slaves. 17Respect everyone, love other believers, honor God, and respect the Emperor.

–from 1 Peter 2

Let’s live LOVE! Let’s allow our lives to be a love story of how great God is! Let’s allow the love story to flow not only into our lives but also out of lives so that it will impact those around us in a way that they will be pointed back to Jesus!

1I am only a wild flower in Sharon, a lily in a mountain valley.

The Man

2Like a lily among thorns is my darling among women.

The Woman

3Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my dearest compared to other men. I love to sit in its shadow, and its fruit is sweet to my taste. 4He brought me to his banquet hall and raised the banner of love over me. 5Restore my strength with raisins and refresh me with apples! I am weak from passion. 6His left hand is under my head, and his right hand caresses me. 7Promise me, women of Jerusalem; swear by the swift deer and the gazelles that you will not interrupt our love.

The Second Song

The Woman

8I hear my lover’s voice. He comes running over the mountains, racing across the hills to me. 9My lover is like a gazelle, like a young stag. There he stands beside the wall. He looks in through the window and glances through the lattice. 10My lover speaks to me.

The Man

Come then, my love; my darling, come with me. 11The winter is over; the rains have stopped; 12in the countryside the flowers are in bloom. This is the time for singing; the song of doves is heard in the fields. 13Figs are beginning to ripen; the air is fragrant with blossoming vines. Come then, my love; my darling, come with me. 14You are like a dove that hides in the crevice of a rock. Let me see your lovely face and hear your enchanting voice. 15Catch the foxes, the little foxes, before they ruin our vineyard in bloom.

The Woman

16My lover is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies 17until the morning breezes blow and the darkness disappears. Return, my darling, like a gazelle, like a stag on the mountains of Bether.

–from Song of Songs 2