Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

january 9, 2011

Here it is time for my second sermon blog.  (click here for the 1st one)

So grab your Bible, as I won’t be posting all of the scriptures.  I  feel that it is important to look the scriptures up in your own Bible —  to stay familiar with the love letter that God has given to us.  (If you don’t have a Bible let me know.)

January 9, 2011

How 3 Kings dealt with trouble

read 1 Samuel 30:1-8

Here we find David (not yet King at this time) and his fighting men returning to their city.  Upon arriving they found the city had been destroyed by fire and the women and children were taken captive.   (verse 3)

The men turned on David (verse 6) and wanted to stone him.

What was David’s response?

First….He turned to the Lord to strengthen himself.

Second …..David  inquired of the Lord.  (verse 8 )

Third….. David acted.  (verse 10)

Whatever we may face — obstacle — problem — challenge —  God is there.  We are strengthened when we turn to Him.  Then we ask God for direction and move forward.

read –2 Kings 18:1-3

Some kings were good and did what was right in the sight of God.  (verse 3)  Many other kings did not do what was right.

Hezekiah was a good king.

All of us should seek to recognize what is right and then choose to do the right thing.  Right is not always popular or easy.  God rewards right choices!

The Assyrians were coming to destroy Jerusalem.  Chapter 18:31-37 Their message was for the people to not listen to Hezekiah but to give up and they would let them live.  For surely your God cannot deliver you.

read –Chapter 19:1, 14

What did Hezekiah do?  He turned to the Lord.  He takes the letter to God, basically saying “look what they are saying about you.”

Hezekiah trusted God!     What happened?  Chapter 19:35  The angel of the Lord killed 185.000 in the night.  The rest of the army left.   In verse 37 the King of Assyria was killed.

God fought for the nation of Israel.   Trust God!

The third King was eight years old when he became king.

Read –2 Kings 22:1-2

Josiah was pretty radical for God.  He destroyed the foreign gods and restored proper worship to the area.

Chapter 23:25 Josiah served  the Lord more than all others yet in verses 26-29 we find that he was killed at age 39.

Why?

God has a plan.  His plan looks way down the road.  He sees the big picture.  In this case the Southern Kingdom would need to be destroyed.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where we cry out “I don’t understand this God.”

There is a gap between our understanding and God’s ways.   We are not God.

Do we trust God?

Josiah had a good 31 year reign.  Then he died and went to be with God.   That is not a bad thing.  This earth is not our final home.  Josiah didn’t lose.  He faithfully served God and trusted Him.

How should we deal with trouble?

Turn to the Lord, do what is right and trust in the Lord!

God has a plan and He sees the big picture.  He is worthy of our trust.  He will strengthen us and guide us as we rely on Him.

til next time

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2 Comments »

  1. Trusting God can be difficult at times, but it is always worthwhile.

    Comment by Pastor Curt | January 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. […] Wow, another week gone by already.   Time for my  3rd sermon notes blog.  (Click here to read more) […]

    Pingback by january 16, 2010 « Living Life in a Fish Bowl! | January 16, 2011 | Reply


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