2 Samuel 7:14-15 NET
When he sins, I will correct him with the rod of men and with wounds inflicted by human beings. But my loyal love will not be removed from him as I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
I think it’s great here that even though David and God (and later Solomon and God) have a supernatural relationship, God is going to use natural, human events to discipline Solomon. The things that nobody sees that Solomon will do against God, God will punish and correct in front of everyone to see. This sounds like a bad thing, but God is abundantly graceful, because He does this in discipline and in blessing.
Matthew 6:6 NET
But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
So God doesn’t just discipline publicly the sin that is in secret, He also answers the prayers in public that you offer up to Him in secret!
Last week I talked to one of my mentors about a tough situation I’m in and that I’m witnessing. He said, “Go and grieve before the Lord. Go and grieve in His presence. Declare things before Him and tell Him. He will change the hearts of people that are not geographically close to you. He will change events. He will tell you things that you would not naturally know that will help you make decisions about things.”
That is pretty awesome to realize the truth in that. We can talk to God and relate to God in secrecy, but when He answers and moves, He participates in the world of Men.
Where “On Earth as it is in Heaven” happens.
I just wrote this in a BIble Study workbook to answer the question “What is the Kingdom of God?”
Here is my prezi from this morning at a Jr. High Retreat. It was a lot of fun.
Maybe later I’ll fill in the things I said about these pix.