David says that when he cried out to God, not only did God listen, but He inclined to David. To incline to someone means to feel favorably toward them. But it also has another meaning. The word “incline” comes from the latin roots in meaning “toward”, and clinare meaning “to bend”. So when God inclined to David, he was making the physical and spiritual motion of bending toward David to hear him and move on his behalf. The scripture said that the Lord then drew David out of his despair, established his path, and filled him with a song of praise.
Whenever we come against something we've never had to face before, we tell ourselves that it's time to be brave and “step out of our comfort zones”. How many times have we heard that phrase when it comes to witnessing to lost souls? Somehow, spreading the Gospel has become something that is not within our idea of comfortable. But how can we ever expect to win our communities with a timid spirit?
Esau traded the lasting benefits of his birthright for the immediate desire of a bowl of stew after a long day. He acted on impulse and desperation without pausing to consider the long-term consequences of what he was about to do. Ultimately, he realized that he had traded something priceless for a simple meal, but there was no way for him to turn back.
You don’t need an advanced degree in agriculture to understand the sow-and-reap concept. You know that if you plant an avocado seed you won’t get a peach tree. We easily understand that good or bad consequences result from good and bad choices.
At the time of Jesus, many Jews believed the soul hovered near the body for three days after death. According to this belief, it was technically possible, until the third day, for a body to revive. In order to make sure there was no chance of Jesus reviving, the religious leaders sealed the mouth of His tomb with a heavy stone. Ironically, this only reinforced the miracle when an angel rolled away the stone that was supposed to be almost impossible to move.
Jesus knew He would soon be handed over to Roman soldiers and put to death. Though His spirit wanted to do God’s will, His flesh dreaded what was coming. Even so, as our perfect example, Jesus surrendered His flesh to God’s sovereign plan. Simon Peter, on the other hand, who had earlier claimed he was willing to die for Jesus (Mark 14:29-31), could not even stay awake to help Jesus pray.
What is your treasure? Your time? Your family’s money? Your talents? Your heart will dwell wherever you invest your treasure. This is why it’s so important that we use our resources for God. To whatever we entrust our resources, we entrust our heart.
We sometimes think of walls in a negative sense: barriers that divide and separate, or obstacles that work against the cause of unity. Walls can have a positive connotation, too, however. Walls protect and preserve.