Suggested Reading: 2 Samuel 23
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Key Verse: 2 Samuel 23:3b, 4
He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for my pastors, those who have the primary responsibility for spiritual oversight in my life. I pray for those who have civil authority as well. Please grant Your strength so that I will be loyal, not in a blind way, but in praying for these leaders, in paying my tithe and my taxes, and grant me opportunity for input into the lives of those who lead. In Jesus’ Name I ask these mercies, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
When my sons were on football scholarships at an American University, I was given the opportunity to address the team and the coaches. My message was from today’s reading, 2 Samuel 23. I highlighted the stories of David’s mighty men. Some fought an offensive battle, and some were on defence. Most of all, they were loyal to their leaders. The result was victory! My sons, 30 years later, remind me from time to time of that message. I don’t remember the results of the game following my talk, but I do remember that they were fired up to win.
“The first three” of David’s mighty men are singled out for honourable mention. Peter, James, and John were singled out by Jesus. I’ve often wondered why. I’ve come to believe that they were the most fervent, the most loyal, and had developed character traits that Jesus knew would be effective in leadership. Jesus responded directly to their level of commitment. His choices were not based on favouritism.
The Billy Graham team fits this description. George Beverly Shea, the team soloist, has just departed this life at 104 years old. This humble man often said, “All I do is sing a song before Billy preaches.” I happen to know that he did much more than that. He was a spiritual anchor to the team, a steady rock of good counsel, and a man of fervent prayer. Tomorrow, God willing, I am travelling to North Carolina for his service of celebration. Yesterday I attached one of his solos. Today, I’ll try to post a video of when Bev Shea was a guest on 100 Huntley Street and spontaneously asked my wife, Norma-Jean, to sing a duet with him (click here). He e-mailed me about two years ago to say that he was watching 100 Huntley Street daily on his computer. What a man!
Yours for loyalty, integrity, wisdom and all those qualities that we want in our leaders and in ourselves,