Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 6 Scripture Selection: II Samuel 19-21
Food for Thought: II Sam. 19:1-8
There is a purpose, a calling, that is greater than our feelings. In everyone’s life, tragic events have happened that, if dwelt upon too long, could side-track us and keep us from our destiny. It’s not about denying that it occurred, or denying the pain that it caused. Rather, it is about moving forward despite the tragedy. Those who “camp” there in their misery never realize the greater cause and potential in their lives, and that is even more tragic.
Ruth is an example of one who refused to be defined by the tragedy in her life and ended up in the lineage of the Messiah (See her story in the Book of Ruth). Anna, another woman widowed at a young age, had the privilege of serving in the temple, prophesying over the Infant Jesus, and sharing the Good News of the birth of the Messiah (Luke 2:38). Joseph is yet another example of one who could have allowed the events of his life to completely derail him. The rejection, mistreatment by his brothers, and his sale into slavery would seem to be reason enough to just accept his lot in life, blame people, blame perhaps even God, and maybe even blame himself. Yet he refused to let the past dictate his present and future, and he eventually was used mightily to save millions of lives (Gen. 37-42). The apostle Peter is another great example. If he had allowed himself to remain in the utter grief of his disappointing denial of His Lord, he never would have become the highly effective spokesman in the Kingdom of God that brought real life to multitudes of people (Mat. 26:31-75; Acts 1, 2).
In Philippians 3:12-14, the apostle Paul expresses this concept very well: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” We should never allow the grief, pain, bitterness, and regrets of the past keep us from the great life that the Lord has laid out for us. We all have too much to live for!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):