Devotional - May 31, 2017

O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
— Psalms 62:5-8

Good Morning guys, I hope you are having a good week so far. We are already half way through the week.

If you don’t follow me on social media, my wife and I went on a weeklong cruise last week to the Bahamas. It was our 4th cruise, but first one with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. I have to tell you that it was one of the most exciting, but also the most relaxing times we have had in a while. Prior to this vacation, our last vacation was around 2012, so it had been a bit that my wife and I had some time alone.

I will be writing more about this experience in my next blog, but I want you all to know, minus a few setbacks, everything has been well.

Being on the cruise for a week left me with no internet access, so I have been a bit behind on my Bible in a year plan, but I am catching up.

I don’t know about you, but the books of 1 and 2 Samuel are some of my favorite and most thrilling books in the bible. Where else do you find so much drama and action?

Not only am I a big fan of David, but I just love to read and visualize how things were at that time in history. I love to analyze every move they made and how they handled things.

I just finished reading about how David’s son Absalom, lead a revolt against his own father David and took the throne as king.

Talk about family problems. Towards the end when Absalom is killed, David mourns for a while. His troops and generals all thought that he would be excited and happy that his kingdom was restored and all his family was rescued, but that was not the case.

So then Joab, one of David’s generals tells David very courageously, 

"Now go out there and congratulate your troops, for I swear by the LORD that if you don’t go out, not a single one of them will remain here tonight. Then you will be worse off than ever before.” You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you. It seems that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you would be pleased. Then Joab went to the king’s room and said to him, “We saved your life today and the lives of your sons, your daughters, and your wives and concubines. Yet you act like this, making us feel ashamed of ourselves." 2 Samuel 19:5-7

I made bold one verse that really stock out to me because this was so true of David. From King Saul to Absalom, King David seemed to love those who hated him and hated those who loved him. To me that tells me that David might not have been the best father especially with his own son trying to take his throne and kill him.

As I am really sinking deep into the life of David, one thing comes to mind.

We are all human.

We are all imperfect.

We all need God.

Each and every one of us have weakness and fail. Like the bible says, “we have all fallen short of the glory of God”. This is true about the biblical greats in the bible.

From Abraham to David to Paul and to us today, we all are weak. For David it seemed that a lot of his father issues that he dealt with as a young boy leaked into his own character as a father. I mean you don’t have your son try to kill you and take your throne for no reason at all right? This was an issue that occurred over time and most likely was due to David’s lack of care, attention or maybe something else.

No matter what you are dealing with God is in the business of turning it around for your good, but only if you give him access to those dark areas.

It is not easy to open the deepest parts of your heart, be vulnerable and change. It might take a lot of tries and a lot of time, but trust me when I say, it will be worth it.

In the area of fatherhood, I relate to David. I too grow up without a father and many things that I have learned have been through observing others or just trial and error. I did not have a lot of role models and father figures in my life growing up, so it has been a bumpy road.

As a father now with many other responsibilities such as ministry and career, I find it hard at times to stay involved in my children’s lives consistently. I can easily find myself with them, but not with them if you know what I mean. This is not because I want to, but as I said, due to increase of responsibility and at times taking on too many commitments.

This is a weakness of mine, but I am not ignoring it. I have recognized the issue and I am intentionally doing something to resolve it every day.  

I have to make a conscious effort every day to be fully involved in my kid’s life. Pouring all of my heart, mind and energy into them.

What is your weakness?

What do you have to make a conscious effort to change?

Only you know these answers, but you don’t have to take this path alone. Surrender it all to God and let the Spirit lead you.