Daily D – 1 Kings 1:1-4
1 Kings 1:1-4 When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. So his attendants said to him, “Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our Lord the king may keep warm.” Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The woman was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no sexual relations with her.
Today Southern Baptist churches are meeting for the first time since the Sexual Abuse Task Force report was made public. The last week has brought painful news multiplied many times over. Powerful men have misused and abused women and children without accountability.
This is evil.
Another gunman entered another school and killed innocent teachers and children.
This is evil.
This is a day to grieve, lament, pray, and begin the hard work of doing whatever is necessary to move forward with integrity and Christ-like character.
This is a day to provide healing and hope. This is a day to build safeguards of protection.
This is time to heal.
Abishag lost all control of her life at the hands of powerful men. She was not the first. She will not be the last.
What is right, just, fair, and compassionate in this moment? Let’s do that. Let’s do that first time, every time, all the time.
I will do what is right, just, fair, and compassionate.
Our Father, our sin is great. So many have been so deeply wounded. So many are grief-struck this morning. Please bring healing, hope, and comfort to those who are feeling the full weight of their loss. Give us wisdom and fortitude for building protection against such evil. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”