We are not told what sins David was confessing in Psalm 41:4. That was not important. Instead, it was crucial he recognized his poverty of spirit who needed God’s mercy. He also confessed and repented. Such a powerful lesson in Kingdom living. It’s never too late to turn to our Heavenly Father in all circumstances, and I am learning this every day.
Moses made the same call for Kingdom living in Deuteronomy. After forty years of leading a group of disgruntled people through unforgiving terrain, no one could blame Moses if he decided to have a peaceful end. But here he faithfully was, 120 years old. The Israelites were poised at the Jordan River, ready to cross over to new life. Knowing he would no longer be with them, Moses encouraged, reminded and urged them to trust and obey the Lord. His relentless refrain was, “Go…Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.” God is always with us. He can be trusted. I must step into each day with persistent faith in God and persevering courage – especially in turbulent times.
Jesus was in the thick of his ministry in Luke 9-10. Like Moses, poised to face his imminent death, Jesus still taught, healed, exorcised demons and commissioned disciples. His singular message was, “The Kingdom of God is here. Live it!” Don’t put it off until tomorrow, or you’re set with your education, jobs, marriage, earthly successes. “Life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom! No procrastination. No backward looks. Seize the day” (Luke 9:61-62, The Message).
We have found our pearl of a great treasure, share it! The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few – Go! Share the great news of peace with God. Heal the sick and tell them, “The Kingdom of God is right on your doorstep! Rejoice not in your power over demons. Instead, triumph in God’s authority over you and presence with you” (Luke 10:18-20).
Today’s Bible passages remind me that Jesus taught us to live God’s way. Pray daily to our Heavenly Father, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
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