Gone Too Soon
David had not yet been crowned king when he heard the news that both King Saul and his dearly beloved friend Jonathan had been killed in battle.
How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
2 Samuel 1:27
David had not yet been crowned king when he heard the news that both King Saul and his dearly beloved friend Jonathan had been killed in battle. This news caught David totally by surprise and literally broke his heart. David had great respect and devotion for King Saul and was hoping that one day they would move past their difference and come together and serve the Lord in the spirit of unity. And his heart longed for the rich, godly fellowship he had experienced with Jonathan as iron sharpening iron. It’s no doubt that David loved Jonathan like a brother, and hearing of his death brought a very real and deeply felt grief to David’s heart. His friend was truly gone too soon.
My hope and prayers are that you are not experiencing the deep sorrow and pain that comes from the loss of a love one, but if you are hurting due to the loss of someone you love, please know that you are not alone in your sorrow. Isaiah 53:3 tells us that Jesus, our Savior and Lord “….was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” If we take a close look at 2 Samuel 1:22-26, we will see how David handled his grief, and in turn, learn a few things about how we should handle ours. The text says:
From the blood of the slain, From the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty. 23 “Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives, And in their death they were not divided; They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions. 24 “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury; who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. 25 “How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan was slain in your high places. II Samuel 1: 22-26
David did four things to help put his broken heart back together again:
- He cried. In 2 Samuel 1:11 we are simply told that David mourned and wept. David’s eyes became a faucet for him to release soul-cleansing tears. Tears ran down his checks, dropped off his chin and fell to the earth. The same earth that Saul and Jonathan have now returned.
- He honored them. In verse 17, we find that David poured out his heart before the people with a song of lament that spoke about their beauty and their courage. Find ways that uniquely celebrate the memory of your love one and write it down as a memorial to them.
- He trusted in the Will of God. Three times in this passage (verses 19,25, and 27) David calls Saul and Jonathan ‘mighty’. David recognized that, though both men were uniquely flawed, they were loved and anointed by God. David turned his thoughts to the truth that God saw something wonderful in both these men and offered to them the leadership over His people.
- He took comfort that they were finally at rest. In verse 27, we can almost feel a sigh of relief that Saul and Jonathan’s days of battle are now over. David rested in the knowledge that God had called them off the battlefield, never to study war again.
Our loved ones may have gone on before us, but let us remember that we, too, are soldiers in the army of the Lord. Let us keep marching on toward victory until the day we hear our Commander in Chief say, “Come up here, servant of God, well done!”
Published on Jan 31 @ 3:17 AM EDT
My Grace Is Sufficient
Author: L.B. Cowman, Compiler
“My grace is sufficient for you”.
2 Corinthians 12:9
God was pleased to take my youngest child from this world, under circumstances that caused me severe trials and pain. And as I returned home from the church cemetery, having just laid my little one’s body in the grave, I felt a compulsion to preach to my people on the meaning of trials.
I found that the verse “My grace is sufficient for you” was the text of next week’s Sunday school lesson, so I chose it as my master’s message to the congregation, as well as His message to me. Yet while trying to write the sermon, I found that in all honesty, I could not say that the words were true in my life. Therefore, I knelt down and asked the Lord to make His grace sufficient for me. While I was pleading in this way, I opened my eyes and saw this exact verse framed and hanging on the wall. My mother had given it to me a few days before, when I was still at the vacation resort where our little child had been taken from us. I had asked someone to hang it on the wall at home during my absence but had not yet noticed its words. Now as I looked up and wiped my eyes, the words met my gaze: “My grace is sufficient for you.”
The word “is” was highlighted in bright green, while the words “my” and “you” were painted in yet another color. In a moment, a message flashed straight to my soul, coming as a rebuke for having prayed such a prayer as, “Lord, make Your grace sufficient for me.” His answer was almost an audible voice that said, “How dare you ask for something that is? I cannot make My grace any more sufficient than I have already made it. Get up and believe it, and you will find it to be true in your life.”
The Lord says it in the simplest way: “My grace is [not will be or may be] sufficient for you.” The words “my,” “is,” and “you” were from that moment indelibly written upon my heart. And thankfully, I have been trying to live in the reality of that truth from that day to the present time.
The underlying lesson that came to me through this experience, and that I seek to convey to others, is this: Never change God’s facts into hopes or prayers but simply accept them as realities, and you will find them to be powerful as you believe them. H. W. WEBB PEPLOE
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercies,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limit,
His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
You, oh Lord, are my strength. You have granted me your peace in the midst my every challenge. I lean upon You and look to You for your grace. Remind me that your grace is all that I need. When I am weak, may I experience the power of Your strength at work in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Published on Jan 21 @ 12:36 AM EDT
Blessing to you ????Great word ????Thank you!!!
Posted on Sat, Jan 21, 2023 @ 12:32 AM CST
Forgive me for praying Your word as if it’s not done in my life. You ARE great! You HAVE won the battle! You HAVE given me victory! You WILL provide for all my needs! You’ve WON’T give me more than I can handle! Thank You Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Posted on Sat, Jan 21, 2023 @ 4:27 AM CST
JESUS JESUS JESUS! His Grace IS always sufficient!!! Thank you for that reminder Minister Cowman! Please forgive our unawareness and lack of trust Lord.
Posted on Sat, Jan 21, 2023 @ 10:00 AM CST
WOW , Boy did I need this WORD and a REFRESHING Physically today! Had gotten hit with something & was Sitting ar my laptop Reading thru & meditating on THIS Power Word , having followed Drs instructions + everything I could Do to feel better, still weak I cried out to God this VERY Scripture! NOW eyes Open Wide, I SAID YOUR Grace IS NOW Sufficient Lord I receive i! PTL!
Posted on Sat, Jan 21, 2023 @ 6:14 PM CST
Beautiful message, thank you
Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2023 @ 8:29 AM CST
This is an on time word. The Holy Spirit reminded me through this message to pray according to the Word of Yah and not according to my feelings. I thank Yah for convicting my heart and helping me to see things from His perspective. I stand on the Word of Yah, I believe, and I will receive according to Yah's will in Yahusha's name. Amen.
Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2023 @ 8:52 AM CST