Saturday, October 31, 2015

God in the center

Daily reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-5 & 6:1-5
Saturday October 31, 2015

Focus passage: David and all the troops who were with him set out for Baalah, which is Kiriathjearim of Judah, to bring God’s chest up from there - the chest that is called by the name of the LORD of heavenly forces, who sits enthroned on the winged creatures. 2 Samuel 6:2

David arranges the transport of the Ark to the new capital Jerusalem.  In essence he moves it figuratively and literally from the fringe into the center.  

Jerusalem is also to be the home of the king that has united the nation.  It will also be the future location of the temple that will be built under David’s son, Solomon’s rule.

Jerusalem then becomes the foundational place where order is restored from chaos.

God desired to be placed in the center of the nation, in the same place where the king resides who ultimately should place God in the center of their own life.

What does it mean to put God in the center of all that we do?

Even when life gets messy?

What does it mean for households, relationships, and congregations to put God in the center of all that they do?  What would that look like?
What if in every moment we asked God to infuse our collective lives with the fruits of the Spirit?  For everyone to embody love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?

Prayer: God who brings order to chaos, who names and claims us as Your own, guide us this day, help us to experience your presence throughout our day.  Amen.

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