In a tough situation? In a challenging time? Looking for answers? Looking for direction? Wondering where to go? Wondering what to say? Wondering what to do?
Turn to God! Allow Him to grant you wisdom and for Him to get all the praise, honor, and glory!
Eating Consecrated Bread
1Then David got up and left, while Jonathan returned to the town. 2David went to Nob to Ahimelech the kohen. Ahimelech was afraid to meet David, so he said to him, “Why are you alone and no one with you?” 3David said to Ahimelech the kohen, “The king has commissioned me with a matter, and told me: ‘Let no one know anything about the mission on which I am sending you, or with what I have commissioned you.’ So, I have directed the young men to such and such a place. 4So now, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread or whatever can be found.” 5The kohen answered David saying, “There is no common bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread—so long as the young men have kept themselves from women.” 6“Of course women have been kept from us, as on previous campaigns,” David answered the kohen. “So the young men’s vessels were holy, though it was an ordinary mission—how much more so will their vessels be holy today!” 7So the kohen gave him consecrated bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which was taken out from the presence of Adonai in order to replace it with hot bread on the day it was taken away. 8Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before Adonai. His name was Doeg the Edomite, chief of Saul’s shepherds. 9Then David said to Ahimelech, “Isn’t there a spear or sword on hand? For I did not take my sword or my weapons with me, because the king’s mission was urgent.” 10The kohen said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine whom you killed in the valley of Elah—it’s here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, take it. For there’s nothing else here.” “There’s nothing like it!” David said. “Give it to me.”
David Pretends Insanity
11Then David got up and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish, king of Gath. 12But Achish’s courtiers said to him, “Isn’t this David king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances saying, ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?’” 13David took these words to heart, and he became so afraid of King Achish of Gath 14that he changed his demeanor before them and acted like a mad man while in their hands—scribbling on the doors of the gate and letting his saliva run down his beard. 15Then Achish said to his courtiers, “Look, you can see the man is insane. Why did you bring him to me? 16Do I have a shortage of crazy people that you’ve brought this fellow to go crazy on me? Is this one going to come into my house?”
–from 1 Samuel 21
God can make a way even when there doesn’t seem to be a way! Let’s give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory!
Taste and See
1Of David, when he feigned insanity before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left. 2I will bless Adonai at all times. His praise is continually in my mouth. 3 My soul boasts in Adonai. The humble ones hear of it and rejoice. 4Magnify Adonai with me and let us exalt His Name together. 5I sought Adonai, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 6They who looked to Him were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. 7This poor man cried, and Adonai heard, and saved him out of all his troubles. 8The angel of Adonai encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. 9Taste and see how good Adonai is. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. 10Fear Adonai, His kedoshim, For those who fear Him lack nothing. 11Young lions may lack, and go hungry, but those who seek Adonai want for no good thing. 12Come, children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of Adonai. 13Who is the one who delights in life, and loves to see good days? 14Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking treachery. 15Depart from evil and do good. Seek shalom and pursue it. 16The eyes of Adonai are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry. 17The face of Adonai is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 18The righteous cry out and Adonai hears, and delivers them from all their troubles. 19Adonai is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those crushed in spirit. 20Many are the distresses of the righteous, but Adonai delivers him out of them all. 21He keeps all his bones— not one of them is broken. 22Evil kills the wicked— those who hate the righteous will be held guilty. 23Adonai redeems the soul of His servants —no one who takes refuge in Him will be held guilty.
–from Psalms 34
Trust God! Believe God! Obey God! “In God we trust” wasn’t something new or something original to us. Just make sure we don’t forget and we continue to put our trust in Him!
In God I Trust
1For the music director: “A Silent Dove Far Away,” a Michtam of David, when the Philistines had seized him in Gath. 2Be gracious to me, O God! For man has crushed me, fighting all day he oppresses me. 3My foes trample me all day. For many are fighting me arrogantly. 4In a day when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 5In God—I keep praising His word— in God I trust, I will not fear. What can mere flesh do to me? 6All day they twist my words. All their thoughts are against me for evil. 7They stir up strife; they lie hidden. They mark my steps, eager to take my soul. 8In spite of such sin, will they escape? In fierce anger, O God, cast down such people! 9You have recorded my wanderings. You put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? 10Then my enemies will turn back in the day I call. This I know—that God is for me. 11In God—I keep praising His word— in Adonai—I keep praising His word— 12in God I trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 13I am under vows to You, O God. I will present thank offerings to You. 14For You have delivered my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
–from Psalms 56
He is Lord of all! Let us not forget to find rest in Him! Let us not forget the importance of rest! On the seventh day of creation, remember what happened? Rest is good!
The Lord of Shabbat
1At that time Yeshua went through the grain fields on Shabbat. His disciples became hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and eat them.
2But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not permitted on Shabbat.”
3But He said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he became hungry, and those with him?
4How he entered into the house of God, and they ate the showbread, which was not permitted for him to eat, nor for those with him, but only for the kohanim?
5Or haven’t you read in the Torah that on Shabbat the kohanim in the Temple break Shabbat and yet are innocent?
6But I tell you that something greater than the Temple is here.
7If you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you wouldn’t have condemned the innocent.
8For the Son of Man is Lord of Shabbat.”
9Leaving from there, He went into their synagogue.
10A man with a withered hand was there. And so that they might accuse Him, they questioned Yeshua, saying, “Is it permitted to heal on Shabbat?”
11He said to them, “What man among you will not grab his sheep and lift it out, if it falls into a pit on Shabbat?
12How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is permitted to do good on Shabbat.”
13Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out and it was restored, as healthy as the other.
14But the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.
God’s Chosen Servant Brings Hope
15Knowing this, Yeshua went away from there. And large crowds followed Him, and He healed them all.
16And He sternly warned them not to make Him known.
17This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
18“Here is My servant whom I chose, the One I love, in whom My soul takes delight. I will put My Ruach upon Him, and He shall proclaim justice to the nations.
19He will not quarrel or cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20A crushed reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, until He brings forth justice to victory.
21And in His name the nations shall hope.”
Whose Power Will Rule?
22Then a demon-plagued man, who was blind and mute, was brought to Yeshua; and He healed him, so that he spoke and saw.
23All the crowds were astounded and saying, “This can’t be Ben-David, can it?”
24But hearing this, the Pharisees said, “This fellow drives out demons only by beelzebul, the ruler of demons.”
25Knowing their thoughts, Yeshua said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26If satan drives out satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
27And if I drive out demons by beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason, they will be your judges.
28But if I drive out demons by the Ruach Elohim, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he will thoroughly plunder his house.
30He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
31“For this reason I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Ruach will not be forgiven.
32Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Ruach ha-Kodesh will not be forgiven, neither in this age nor in the one to come.”
33“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten; for the tree is known by its fruit.
34You brood of vipers! How can you who are evil say anything good? For from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
35The good man from his good treasury brings forth good, and the evil man from his evil treasury brings forth evil.
36But I tell you that on the Day of Judgment, men will give account for every careless word they speak.
37For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
A Sign Greater than Jonah
38Then some of the Torah scholars and Pharisees answered Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
39But Yeshua replied to them, “An evil and adulterous generation clamors for a sign, yet no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
40For just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
41The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
42The Queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
43“Now when an unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places looking for rest and doesn’t find it.
44Then it says, ‘I’ll go back home where I came from.’ And when it comes, it finds the house vacant, swept clean, and put in order.
45Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there. And that man’s last condition becomes worse than the first. So also will it be for this evil generation.”
Embrace and Refrain
46While Yeshua was still speaking to the crowds, His mother and brothers were standing outside, trying to speak to Him.
47Someone said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, trying to speak to You.”
48But to the one telling Him this, Yeshua responded, “Who is My mother? And who are My brothers?”
49Stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers.
50For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
–from Matthew 12