I Samuel 12.
I’m reading and rereading it. Some words and phrases have apprehended me today.
7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord . . . (KJV) source
This! A people standing still to cease the mind garbage and reason before the LORD, together, asking for His purposes and means about family, friends, politics, spending, budgeting, work, pleasure, leisure, discipline; for child and adult. The list is as endless as our needs and wants.
16 “Now therefore, hold still; and see the great deed which Adonai will perform before your very eyes. (CJB) source
Again hold still and see. Anybody besides me want this? Yet how much do I want it? Enough to hold still?
. . . I will call unto the Lord, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the Lord, . . . (KJV) source
Thunder and rain that we may perceive our own wickedness. A gift or a curse? We will choose and our choice most likely rides upon how often we have stilled ourselves before the LORD. And are we faithfully praying this for one another? Praying that ABBA will grace us with what it takes, even thunder and rain, so that we will own our own sins and be forgiven and rescued from them? Can you think of anything more needful and more precious than a friend who will pray this prayer for you? Me either.
And finally this:
23 As for me, far be it from me to sin against Adonai by ceasing to pray for you! Rather, I will continue instructing you in the good and right way. 24 Only fear Adonai, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for think what great things he has done for you! 25 However, if you insist on doing wicked things, you will be swept away — both you and your king!” (CJB) source
Far be it from us to cease to pray!
Far be it from us to cease to instruct in the good and right way. And what is that way? To reverence ADONAI Who is the LORD GOD, JESUS the CHRIST, to serve Him faithfully, not halfheartedly, but with our whole hearts.
Far be it from us to insist on any other way (for any other way is wicked) for both ourselves and our leaders.
I Samuel 12 and still apprehended.