May 25

1 Samuel 26:10, 24 (NIV) 10As surely as the LORD lives," he said, "the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.

24As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble."

David learned from his experience with the wicked Nabal, that the LORD is more than capable of dispensing justice. He learned from his past experience and applied it to his present circumstance. That is something we all need to do. In verse 10, David's friend wanted to kill the sleeping Saul. This is the second time God had delivered Saul into David's hands, but he left vengeance to God. He will let the LORD take care of him.

David knew that the way he treated the king, others would treat him when he became king. He believed in the law of sowing and reaping. If he was faithful to obey the LORD in not harming Saul, God would preserve his life. We see that in the New Testament lesson of the measuring cup. The same measure you use toward your brother will be used toward you. If you use a spoon of grace toward others, you will receive a spoon back from them and from God. David looked for the biggest measure of grace and mercy he could find, for he wanted that from others and from God. He certainly would be in need of it in the future, and he did receive it. To think you won't need it is foolish. Be gracious toward those who have wronged you, and the LORD will be gracious to you.

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust You to deal with those that do me wrong.

May 25

John 1:9,11-12 (NIV) 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–

Throughout the Gospel of John, we have the declarations of Jesus' identity. One of those declarations is that Jesus is the light of the world. Darkness is ignorance and uncertainty. Light is clarity that reveals things as they truly are. Verse 9 clearly says that everyone who comes into the world is given light. There is no one that dies without a revelation of the light. John goes on to describe the different responses to the light that shines on everyone.

The first response is from the Jewish people (His own). They did not receive the light, Jesus. They were presented with light, and knew it was light, and yet chose to remain in darkness. As we will see later in John, that is not true of all the Jewish people, but of the vast majority. Many of the leaders came to believe but would not say so because they preferred to cling to their positions in that society. Claiming Jesus is THE light can be hazardous to your social standing.

The second response John gives is that of all who did receive Him, that is, those who believed on His name. His name means the salvation of JHWH. They believed He was indeed the salvation of God. To believe in the name also means to accept the authority the name represents. Instead of clinging to the world's authority, they chose to yield to the authority of His name. Those who do so are given the right to become children of God. Have you decided His authority is above that of all worldly authority? Have you believed that He is indeed THE salvation of God? Then you have the right to become a child of God.

Give thanks, for you are in the process of being transformed into one who bears a resemblance to your Father.