Pondering for Saturday July 20, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Saturday Proper 10 of Year 1

AM Psalm 30, 32; PM Psalm 42, 431 Samuel 22:1-23; Acts 13:26-43; Mark 3:19b-35 :

“David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. He said to the king of Moab, ‘Please let my father and mother come to you, until I know what God will do for me.” (1 Samuel 22:3)

David is in trouble. Saul wants to kill him and is searching for him to do just that.  David is in a tight spot but remains faithful to God and what God will do for him.  David has been in trouble before and has always counted on God, even when he, David, is in the wrong.

God is faithful even when we are not.  When we have established a personal relationship with God we have every faith that God, our Old Friend, will not let us down.

Sometimes the problem is however, convincing the people we need in our lives that we are waiting on God and that God will come through for us.  David takes his parents to safety and begs the king of Moab to keep them until he is informed about what God is going to do.  Does not this require the king of Moab to have some faith and trust in God also? Maybe the king’s faith and trust was in David only.

This faith in the person who has faith, is something I am used to.  People come to me all the time to go to God for them.  I constantly tell them they don’t need me to do that for them, that God is just as open to them as God is to me.  I’m wasting my time.  They listen patiently (sometimes rolling their eyes or glancing at their watch) and then tell me what they want God to know. Bless them.

I served with a fellow Marine once who ran the unit substance abuse program.  I’ll call him Rob.  Rob told me that he worked with many people suffering from addiction that never knew God or had any church or religious experience or even knew how to pray.  The Higher Power identification was, and is, a good way to gather these suffering souls into a collective wherein they can depend on a Power greater than themselves.  But for some this didn’t work.  Rob told me he told them to believe in his (Rob’s) God.  He told them when they try to pray just say, “Dear Rob’s God, …”   This is not so distant from our ancient ancestors praying to The God of Abraham, The God of Isaac and The God Jacob.  When we are week, we lay our foot in the path and footsteps of those who have trod before us.

Perhaps the king of Moab just had faith in David alone.  This is faith in those who have faith.  This too is another reason to have faith.  We of faith witness it to those who have it not. This does not mean that we are perfect, far be it.  Faith does not mean that we do everything right but that we believe in the Creator and the One sent by the Creator. For it is written, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Those of us with faith show it to others by what we ask of them like David asking, “Please let my father and mother come to you, until I know what God will do for me.”

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to (and through) the people of God. John+

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