June 18, 2019

June 18, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Samuel 9

“Mephibosheth prostrated himself and said, ‘What is your servant that makes you pay such attention to a dead dog like me?’” (2 Samuel 9:8 CJSB)

David is caring for his deceased friend, Jonathan’s son.  David gets a great deal of things wrong, but his heart is after—searching for, longing for, looking for—God.  In our redeemed and always-being-redeemed-sinfulness, we should all be so diligent.  Though “less than” according to the world’s competitive standards, David never viewed Mephibosheth as a dead dog.  The one the world deemed as invaluable, David declared to be the greatest of treasures.  We are to live likewise.  It is not easy to see those before you as the pearls of greatest price, but we must.  Upon each dead dog, the Giver of the Good News shines His illumination; and, He calls His brothers and sisters to liberally share with them the love and compassion of the bridging Gospel.  Who are your Mephibosheths?  And, you, Mephibosheth, who is your David?  No one is a dead dog.

Today's Meditation:  Pay attention to the pearls of greatest price.

Look to the East,

Kevin

June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Samuel 8

“David ruled over all Israel; David administered law and justice for all his people.” (2 Samuel 8:15 CJSB)

“His people”…now that’s a loaded statement.  Ultimately, David’s people were Israel and all of Judah, but spiritually speaking who are, “His people?”  Are, “His people,” our genealogical families?  Are, “His people,” our neighborhoods?  Are, “His people,” our alma maters, local schools, and teams?  Are, “His people,” our business associates?  Are, “His people,” our local churches?  Are, “His people,” our associations?  Are, “His people,” our nations?  Are, “His people,” race, ethnicity, sexual preference, gender, and the like?  From the context of your life, who are, “His people?”  Jesus says this about, “His people”:  “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.  Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.  Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.” (Matthew 23:8-10 NASB)  Forever, we must personally consider, spiritually speaking, those who are, “His people.”

Today's Meditation:  His people

Look to the East,

Kevin

June 16, 2019

June 16, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Samuel 7

“Since the day I brought the people of Israel out of Egypt until today, I never lived in a house; rather, I traveled in a tent and a tabernacle.” (2 Samuel 7:6 CJSB)

God is mobile, and, while God moves quite well on God’s-own, God prefers to travel in the tabernacle of Creator’s creation. Need we be reminded we are the tent of our God? If God is like the wind—as Jesus instructs Nicodemus—then wind cannot be housed by walls. Wind between walls is creation’s conditioning of air. It is impossible for God, our Creator to be conditioned by creation. So, each must become a mobile ambassador of the Messiah Who rescues. Our course as the Wind’s diplomats is not one of our own charting. God says, “Where.” God says, “When.” God says, “What.” God says, “Before whom.” Temporary tents must be more squarely founded in God, than crumbling temples are in their not-so-permanent footers. The daughters and sons of the living God are the tents and tabernacles in whom the Godhead travels. Live freely, rather than confined.

Today's Meditation:  “I traveled in a tent and a tabernacle.”

Look to the East,

Kevin

June 15, 2019

June 15, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Samuel 6

“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Adonai, wearing a linen ritual vest.” (2 Samuel 6:14 CJSB)

It is difficult to praise when tragedy strikes and you are questioning God.  This is where King David finds himself.  While improperly transporting the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, King David’s dear friend Uzzah instinctively reaches to steady the Ark which was sliding towards the dirt after the oxen of delivery stumbled, resulting in God striking dead David’s well-intentioned servant.  David is angry and confused, but he presses on amidst his grief and uncertainty.  Instead of staying in an atmosphere of destructive mindset and spirit, David returns to his base of praise.  Even with a hurting heart and growing dysfunction all around, David passionately worships God.  From the context of the Scripture, David is still punch drunk from his progressively crashing world…but he continues to praise.  This is not easy to do.  Amidst a seemingly never-ending storm, worship is a matter of submissive effort.  While jailed either literally or figuratively in a Philippian prison, praising God would seem to be an exercise in futility and not a natural extension of the soul.  Still, glorification of God through our words, our movements, our silence must never be dictated by circumstance, but only as a loving response to God’s nature and atmosphere.  Be your world good or bad, dance and spin with abandon before Adonai.

Today's Meditation:  Spirit and truth worship

Look to the East,

Kevin

June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Samuel 5

“David took for himself more concubines and wives in Jerusalem after coming from Hebron, so that still more sons and daughters were born to David.” (2 Samuel 5:13 CJSB)

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 NASB) David apparently believed his flesh could be joined to more than one wife.  To have multiple partners—I will spare you from the more obvious descriptions—was never part of God’s plan.  Jesus was once asked whether divorce was proper or improper.  Jesus replied, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.” (Matthew 19:8 NASB)  On another occasion, Jesus calls the woman at the Samaritan well to go get her husband.  She informs Jesus she has no husband.  To this untrue-truth, Jesus replies, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” (John 4:17, 18 NASB) David’s downfall is not exclusive to this man after God’s heart.  David’s sin is societally, generationally symptomatic.  Humanity sees and lusts.  Humanity lusts and consumes.  Humanity says, “No one will ever know.”  Such is the pattern of temptation that gives birth to sin.  God hates physical adultery.  God hates spiritual adultery.  God’s children are the bride of Christ.  We must be forever faithful to our groom.

Today's Meditation:  The Husband of one wife; the wife of one Husband

Look to the East,

Kevin

June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Samuel 4

“How much more, when criminals have killed an innocent man in his own house on his own bed, shouldn’t I hold you responsible for his death and rid the earth of you?” (2 Samuel 4:11 CJSB)

When there is a throne to be jockeyed for, then you can always expect lives to be sacrificed.  From the time Cain killed his brother, Abel, rather than kept his brother, Abel, there has been jockeying for position.  Throughout the centuries, presidents have been competitively, murderously pointed at from respective sides of the aisle, but to loosely quote a new acquaintance, and, hopefully, growing friend, Brian Zahnd, “It’s the Lamb Who truly sits on the throne, and not a donkey or an elephant.”  David is characterized as a man after God’s own heart, but even among the holiest of pursuits, upon this world’s personal lust for power, the shadow of Babel’s tower is always being cast.  Most people passively or actively desire to cry, “I have reached the pinnacle.  I am at the top.”  Yet contrastingly, as the Messiah submissively spoke the words, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me (John 6:38 KJV),” He left no room for Sinatra’s lyrics that selfishly sing, “I did it my way.”  Kingships never come by killing innocent men; but, we must always remember:  the ultimate Kingship came as an innocent Man was killed.  Let’s rest in innocence, rather than killing, and we will find ourselves under the Innocent Man’s Kingship.

Today's Meditation:  Innocence, rather than a lust for kingship

Look to the East,

Kevin

June 12, 2019

June 12, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Samuel 3

“The war between the house of Saul and the house of David dragged on, but David grew stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker.” (2 Samuel 3:1 CJSB)

David rests under God’s anointing to be king.  The house of Saul does not.  Still, caution must be rendered so to remember that God does not choose the side of this person or that person, but, behind Him, God calls all to stand.  We must always remember the words spoken by the Commander of the Lord’s army to Joshua concerning God’s non-loyalty to the tribes of humanity.  Joshua says, “Are You on our side or Jericho’s side?”  The Commander of the Lord’s army simply answers, saying, “No!”  Up to 2 Samuel 3, David was holding in a place of faithful submission, but just keep reading and you will see faithfulness begins to derail.  When we are more concerned with our own sides and the spoils of power, rather than submission to God, then life will begin and continue to unravel.  The responsibility of God’s children is to relinquish control, and allow ourselves to be held.  To be held by God with no help from our hands.  God works through His children.  God does not work with His children.  Vessels have no control over the hands that form, fire, fill, and release their functionality.  Our lives will only grow stronger when our exhaustive weakness is submissively allowed to be embraced by God.    


Today's Meditation:  In weakness, grow stronger.

Look to the East,

Kevin