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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.