First of all, I apologize for no posting last week. I was offline and had no chance to even get something ready beforehand.
Prayer of the Day
Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
1 Samuel 16:1-13 (ESV)
It is interesting to see that Samuel did grieve over Saul complete failure as king of Israel. Was he “bummed out” because he thought that the initial choice would be the final say so? He probably did. Samuel, like almost everyone around us judge by the outward appearances. Many eons ago we had to have this ability or we could be killed. We still have it and end up treating people differently. And members of the African American community are just as guilty as everyone else. The goal is to see past it. Initial viewpoints are difficult to overcome, but they can be.
Psalm 23 (ESV)
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Ephesians 5:8-14 (ESV)
In the end of the Old Testament reading we see that once David was anointed, the Holy Spirit settled on him and never left (which is interesting when you think about it). The Psalms and now this in Ephesians go on in even more detail about that. With the arrival of the Holy Spirit we really have no reason (except pride) to not walk in the light. People don’t want to walk in the light because they don’t want to see just how wrong they are and that they want to do their own thing. At the same time once we are revealed then we have no reason to hide anymore and that ironically enough we’ve got more freedom.
John 9:1-41 (ESV)
Being blind and deliberately walking in darkness are two completely different things. In the story of the man born blind the gospel of John shows it clearly. The Pharisees are so close, yet so far away. In a way we should hold pity for them because they were truly blinded by what they thought was right. Only in the end when they realized what was going on and refused were they walking in darkness. Sometimes, though it’s hard to distinguish what is what. That’s where the Holy Spirit comes to help us because sometimes we need a whole lot of help. Face it, we’re dumb like sheep and will follow anything that sounds good. The key is to figure out what’s good and what’s bad.