God made big promises to David. But before they were fulfilled, he went through a long, exhausting season of trouble and disappointment. This is a story about discouragement and bad decisions, God’s faithfulness when human faith is weak, the first steps toward recovery, and the blessings just around the corner.
David wanted to build a house for God, but God had a different kind of house in mind. Through the prophet Nathan, God tells David He will build a house for him - a kingdom that will last forever, ruled by one of David’s descendants. David responds by praying that all God had promised would be accomplished.
The story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz paints a picture of God’s grace toward a hurting family and a wayward nation. Through the marriage of Ruth and Boaz, God provides a home for two vulnerable women, a future king for Israel, and eventually, a savior for the world.
God used Gideon to set oppressed people free. He wants to use us to do that, too. But like Gideon, there is work that God must do in us in advance of the work he does through us. Looking at the steps in Gideon’s preparation should help us get ready for the things God is calling us to do.
As Moses preaches his final sermon to the Israelites before they cross into the Promised Land, one theme stands out: remember. Moses tells the Israelites to remember God when they settle in their new homes and things are going well. Like them, we need to be reminded that God is our source and that we can’t produce any good thing apart from him.