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Monday, April 5, 2010

Kings and Kingdoms: David

"For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption."
Acts 13:36

Recommended Reading
2 Samuel 7:8-9

It's human nature for us to focus, most of the time, on the wrong thing. If we're not regretting the past (wrong), we're worrying about the future (also wrong)--"wrong" in the sense that they divert our attention from the one thing that is most important: the present. Our focus should be on discerning and obeying God's will for us today rather than how we wish the past or the future might be different.

King David was, in the eyes of those who came after him, a man who recognized what God had called him to do during his lifetime: the two most important were being the king of Israel and building God a "house" (the temple, completed by David's son, Solomon). David's focus was on serving "his own generation" according to the will of God (Acts 13:36). And that's what we should do as well. The past is irretrievable and unchangeable. The future we can plan for but cannot control. The present, however, is what God has given us today.

Like David, our focus should be on God's will for today. The more each "today" is lived obediently, the fewer regrets about the past we will have in the future.

To obey God's will is to find the fulfillment of our lives.

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