Do What’s Needed

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While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life. And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him strength in God.

1 Samuel 23:15-16

One Spring evening in 1975, my family was sitting down to dinner–all but my oldest brother, who’d just gotten his driver’s license.

The phone rang and my mom answered, but something was off. She hardly said anything. After listening for several seconds, she spoke: “Where is he?”

My sixteen year old brother had been in a car accident and was being taken to a local hospital, his condition unknown.

My parents rushed out the door, headed for the ER. I can still see dad’s crumpled napkin on the table next to mom’s unfinished plate.

Our fifteen year old brother stayed behind to look after my younger brother and me. Calmly, he plopped clumps of extra potatoes on our plates. “You’d better have some more,” he said. It felt surreal, the three of us dining in silence across from a trio of empty chairs.

Despite being only seven years old, I wasn’t afraid. My older brother had everything under control. It would be years until I realized how truly worried he was for our oldest brother.

He did what was needed.

Jonathan and David, of ancient Israel, were best friends: the king’s son and a shepherd boy turned superhero. But King Saul, Jonathan’s dad, had gone mad. He was jealous of David, fearing the popular young man who had slayed the Philistine warrior Goliath. With murderous rage, he chased him into the desert seeking to kill him.

But prince Jonathan risked his life to get to David before his dad and helped him find strength in God. At the same time, he was truly worried about his own father.

He did what was needed.

Back to the dinner table. My parents called about an hour later. Our oldest brother had a broken jaw but would be OK.

Here’s to Jonathan and my brother, Ron: two courageous caregivers who helped others find strength in God.

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 32:24

Do it.

https://davidsdailydose.org/2019/07/01/do-whats-needed/

Have you gotten to “When?”

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And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.

Job 42:10a

“If every Christian’s prayer was answered, ‘Yes’,” says the skeptic, “Who would benefit most, the Christian or the seemingly lost world?”

Ouch!

Come to think of it, looking from the outside in, Christianity COULD seem like a pretty self-centered religion. A typical prayer meeting in many churches features a group of people commiserating about their, mostly personal, “problems.” Such spiritual navel gazing is why a recovering addict once told me he prefers AA meetings for their unselfish ambiance.

Double Ouch!

Anyone who has read the book of Job, knows that the man at the center of the story endures an incredible amount of unjust suffering without blaming God.
However, Job DOES question his Creator,and THAT doesn’t go over well. The following is a summary of God’s response:

Just who do you think you are?

God

Thankfully, things improve for Job in the end, as God restores his losses. And the turning point comes when Job takes his eyes off himself and prays for his friends.

Folks I don’t know about you, but in some situations I just haven’t gotten to “when.” And, like Job, my state of affairs isn’t likely to improve in these areas until I do.

Life is full of difficult times, but someone out there has it worse than you do.

Admiral William H. McRaven

Have you gotten to “when?”

https://davidsdailydose.org/2019/06/20/have-you-gotten-to-when/

Do You Have a Battle Buddy?

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:4,12

Per Wikipedia, “a battle buddy is a partner assigned to a soldier in the United States Army. Each battle buddy is expected to assist his or her partner both in and out of combat.‎”

Spoiler Alert: compelling question below:

Do you have a Battle Buddy–someone who will stick with you through thick and thin? If not, please find one.

It’s not good for the man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.

God (Genesis 2:18)

Or maybe today it’s your turn to BE a Battle Buddy. Who knows? You may need help tomorrow.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 contains a little formula I like to call 3makes2:

God + you + a battle buddy = Super Strong Bond

Nobody’s perfect, but a team CAN be.

Chris Croft

You don’t have to go it alone.

https://davidsdailydose.org/2019/06/15/do-you-have-a-battle-buddy/