DIG for Tuesday the 28th of July…..I don’t know is a good enough answer sometimes…..2 Timothy 3 v 16

I’ve flown a couple of times in the last few days, having the pleasure of preaching in London three times at the weekend.

One of the things that I do not really understand is how a huge, heavy aeroplane can stay in the air.

I know it has got something to do with forces, thrust, lift and pressure; but that is as far as my knowledge goes, and to be honest, in order to fly I don’t need to know all the answers. There are some things that I do not need to understand.

The same is true about some truths in the Word of God.

With our limited mental capacity we cannot expect to understand all God’s ways or the things that He has or has not done.

I remember many years ago having trouble with the start of Genesis, having come into the church from a strong scientific background.

Questions came into my head all the time that I could not answer until one day the Lord clearly said to me, “Vic, do you really need to know this to have a relationship with me?”

And the answer of course was no.

There are some things in the Bible that I cannot explain, but I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God so it is the truth; and it will always stay the truth irrespective whether you or I understand it or not.

In London I had to give an honest reply to a sister’s question when I said, “I really don’t know the answer to your question, but it says this in the Word so I would believe that”.

Men and women (and even visiting pastors) will never be able to answer all your questions, but if it says so in the Bible then it is so!

Don’t let difficult questions about God and your walk (and we all have them) get in the way with your relationship with Him.

I’m not telling you to have “blind” faith as some people call it and stop asking questions, I’m just saying if you don’t get answers to some questions have a bit of faith and trust in the Word of God.

Let’s take a hypothetical example; if it says black and not white in the Word of God then it is black, even if you cannot see or understand that it is black.

The Word is the truth, and we should base our understanding and beliefs upon that.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the truths held within it”.

2 Timothy 3 v 16…..All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

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DIG for Monday the 27th of July….. A covenant maker and a covenant keeper…..1 Samuel 20 v 42

The Lord called David ‘a man after mine own heart’. One of the reasons was that David had God’s heart for keeping a covenant promise.

When David triumphed over Goliath it didn’t go unnoticed.

Saul’s son Jonathan was very impressed with David. The Word doesn’t say explicitly why he was impressed, but I believe a big part of it was David’s revelation of covenant.

David was a man after God’s own heart, he understood the power of his covenant with God and it brought him victory. I think Jonathan saw in David characteristics of integrity, faithfulness and boldness, all proceeding from his faith in that covenant, and he liked what he saw.

He saw in David one who would be a true friend. And he was.

Throughout their friendship they made covenant promises to each other, of faithfulness and trust. Their friendship was cut short when Jonathan died in battle, but again, in their last recorded meeting together they made another covenant with each other, this time extending their promises to include their children (1 Samuel 20 v 42).

The Lord uses David’s covenant keeping nature to show us a picture of His own faithfulness, and as David fulfils his promises made to Jonathan we see God’s heart for covenant making and covenant keeping.

Some years later David begins to look for a way to fulfil his promise. He asks ‘is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’

They find Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth and bring him before King David. At first Mephibosheth is afraid, but David says ‘Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually’ (2 Samuel 9 v 7).

David blessed this man, not because of any goodness or greatness of his own, but because of the covenant he made with Jonathan.

In the same way God wants to bless us with all the riches of heaven, not because of our goodness or greatness of our own, but because of the covenant He has made with His Son.

God the Father made a New Covenant with the one Perfect Man, and we are included in that Covenant when we put faith in Jesus.

Speak this our today…Thank you Lord that You have included me in all the blessings of heaven, not because of my performance, but because Jesus has performed on my behalf

1 Samuel 20 v 42…..And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever