Living Well

November 20, 2017

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Scripture Reading

Romans 15:4-6 (NIV)
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Samuel 12:16-23 (NIV)
16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.” 19 David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” 20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. 21 His servants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” 22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

1. Accept the things I cannot change

2 Samuel 12:22-23a (NIV)
22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again?

2. Remember there is more to the story

2 Samuel 12:23b (NIV)
23 … I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

3. Take care of yourself

2 Samuel 12:20a (NIV)
20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes,

4. Stay or get connected to God

2 Samuel 12:20b (NIV)
20 … he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped.

5. Keep doing the next right thing

Samuel 12:20c (NIV)
20 … Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

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