Leviticus 5, Psalm 3-4, Proverbs 20, Colossians 3

Psalm 3:1-8

Can you imagine the anguish of David's soul as he and his followers fled before Absalom?  Don't you know David knew this was the consequence of his unwillingness to deal with Amnon and Absalom?  Can't you just hear those tormenting him saying "God can't save you this time"?

Yet through it all, David declares the LORD to be his shield, his glory and the One who holds his head high.  Because David understood this fact, he could sleep peacefully.  What great trust and assurance!  How many of us have had sleepless nights with significantly less trouble facing us in the morning?

Proverbs 20:12

"The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both."

Moses made excuses why he should not be the one to be used by God to deliver the Israelites.  The LORD expressed the proverb this way, "Who has made man's mouth?  Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind?  Is it not I the LORD?  Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak" (Exodus 4:11-12).

In Deuteronomy 29:1-4 Moses told the people, even though they have experienced all the signs and wonders of God's deliverance from Egypt, they did not yet understand.  Verse four is the reason for their lack of understanding, "But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear".

This proverb is true in both the physical and in the spiritual realm.

LORD God, physical sight and hearing are a great gift from Your hand.  How much more precious is the gift of spiritual sight and hearing!  Thank You for both.  Thank You especially for spiritual sight and hearing because they have eternal value.

Colossians 3:12-16

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God".  This passage presents the attributes of a peacemaker.

Before describing the character of sons of God, Paul explains who they are.  His description is three fold: past, present and future.  Those who are sons have been raised with Christ (past), they are hidden in Christ (present) and they will appear with Christ in glory (future).  Because this is who they are, they set their mind on eternal realities rather than worldly activities and agendas. 

Paul commands sons of God to put to death a long list of practices that were a part of their former lives.  These practices of the old self are to be discarded by those who are holy, beloved and chosen by God.

Notice the attributes of the sons of God:  compassionate, kind, humble, meek, patient, long-suffering, forgiving and loving.  Thistemperament is summed up by saying "let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts".  Doesn't that describe a peacemaker?

Christ Jesus, my desire is to be blessed by my Father and Your Father.  Holy Spirit, I invite You to freely remind, convict and change me.  I want to put to death those sinful traits within me that result in the coming wrath of God.  I want to be a peacemaker.

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