Solomon’s “nevertheless” was a decision to sin by taking on foreign wives, even though God had warned him that they would lead him astray, dilute his devotion, and turn him to other Gods. As Solomon gets older, he seems to lose the will to argue with them and stem the tide of idolatry.
God’s “nevertheless” is a nevertheless of grace.
San Jose is a gateway city. If revival happened here, there would be repercussions around the world. Like a good plague, Christianity could spread from this place and propagate in other nations.
To please God…to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness…to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in, as an artist delights in this work or a father in a son…it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which your thoughts can hardly sustain. ...
So how does this apply to us today? I couldn’t help but see an analogy here, with Sheba the rebel representing sin, and the city of Abel Beth Maakah representing our life. Though Sheba had rebelled against his king, (David in this case), the people of ABM were quite happy to have him make his home amongst them. They were willing to have a rebel in the camp.
Cathleen did such a wonderful job on Sunday at our church with the offering meditation, that I thought I should reproduce it here, to gain it the wider audience it deserves 🙂 So, over to Cathleen: _________ I don’t know about you, but parenting has taught me a lot...
I don’t know what situations you may be facing. It may be that you have a boss who mistreats you; a fellow student who mocks you for your faith; a family member who trash-talks about you. Don’t let it alter your good behavior. Be who Christ has called you to be, and don’t join them in the gutter. The Lord will vindicate those who remain true to Him. Some words of encouragement from Colossians 3: