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S (Scripture): 1 Chronicles 17:1 When David was settled into his palace, he said to the prophet Nathan, “I’m living in a cedar palace while the chest containing the Lord’s covenant is under curtains.”

2 Nathan replied, “Go ahead and do whatever you are thinking, because God is with you.”

3 But that very night God’s word came to Nathan: 4 “Go to my servant David and tell him, This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build the temple for me to live in…

10a “As for a dynasty, the Lord will build one for you! 11 When the time comes for you to die, I will raise up a descendant of yours after you, one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingship. 12 He is the one who will build me a temple, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will become his father and he will become my son, and I’ll never withdraw my faithful love from him as I did from the one before you. 14 I’ll install him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne will be established forever.

O (Observation): God was up to something. God’s people had been wandering for over 40 years in the wilderness and have now settled in the Promised Land. God’s presence was in the tent / tabernacle inside the ark. The ark held the stone tablets (for the 10 Commandments). God’s place on earth was mobile.

David wanted to honor God, because he thought his house was better than God’s.

Yet, God promises David to build out of David a “house” of sorts…a dynasty. God will claim David’s offspring and claim him and call him God’s own. Through that particular descendant, God will establish that descendant’s throne forever.

A (Application): We are challenged with the brevity of life. We come and we go. We learn along the way. David’s life was committed to God, but he erred. God saw David though it all.

And in the end, God establishes David’s throne not because of what David did, or because of David’s character. God establishes David’s lineage to make sure that Jesus’ throne will be established.

God claimed David. God claimed Jesus. God claims me and you. We are adopted by a loving and caring God.

So the hardships we face, the guilt for worshipping or not, reading Scripture or not, is unfounded worry. For God carries us through, like God carried David and others through. Like God carried Jesus through death and resurrection.

New life awaits us in adoption. Life that still has ups and downs, but this is a life established by God forever. That security brings us peace this week and next.

P (Prayer): Lord, give us hope for today and tomorrow. Amen.

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