OK, here's the plan (if God is willing):

1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years

2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).

Some other housecleaning:

A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.

B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.

C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.

D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.

As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.

[Apr 18]--Good Things. . .

1 Sam. 25:36-44

Abigail went back to her husband, who was completely clueless about the danger she had saved him from. Her quick thinking, humility, and wisdom had saved his life while he was getting drunk at a party. And she saved not only the life of her worthless husband but those of every male in the household. By the way, the phrase “holding a banquet like that of a king” is probably meant to compare him to Saul. It turns out this man was not only an ingrate and a drunk, he was a coward as well. Some type of attack, possibly a stroke, struck him, and he died a few days later.

David, who'd seen what kind of woman Abigail was, wasted no time in proposing to Abigail, who accepted. Thus everything worked out perfectly for everyone, except of course for Nabal. The old cliché “Good things come to those who wait” certainly applied in this case. David had been patient and waited on the Lord to vindicate him in his own way and time, and it happened.

We’ll look more closely at justice in this world in a couple of months, but I think this merits some examination now. I heard Dennis Prager once opine that he can’t see how anyone can believe in a just God and not believe in an afterlife. The reason he advanced (and I heartedly agree) is because there's so much injustice in this world. Innocent people get killed by guilty people every day, and nothing happens to the guilty. The wealthy and powerful exploit the weak and powerless, and they seemingly get away with it. The reason why this story appeals to me (and probably to you) is because it worked out so perfectly: Nabal got what he deserved when he treated David unjustly. Not only that, but David got “the girl” just like in the movies. Unfortunately, this sort of thing is the exception, not the rule.

I also want to point out--again--that the best of God’s people still have trouble sticking to God’s plan. Of course I'm referring to the fact that David unfortunately followed the common pattern of his time in indulging in polygamy. We've discussed this before, but just to summarize: The Lord allowed it, some of the best men of the Bible did it, but that doesn't make it good or right. God never indicated that he smiled upon it, and in every single instance of it in the Scriptures--no exceptions--it's always a source of perennial strife in the home. I guess it’s a common male fantasy to have multiple women at your beck and call, but I assure you, the fantasy is a lot better than the reality. I always wonder at the foolishness of men who have a wonderful wife and who throw that away in order to follow their hormones. You don’t need to trust me, just trust your Maker. If someone designed an automobile, then don’t you think he knows better than anyone how it works? Why do we think we know better than the One who designed our brains and who invented human sexuality? If you have a wife like Abigail, please cherish her like the treasure she is. If you’re single, please don’t settle for anything less than God’s best.

Father, I want to show more gratitude for the incredible spouse you’ve given me. She's the most important person in my life after you. Please help me to show her that.

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