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Is #Trump more like King David or King Saul?

I recently read a blog post explaining how they perceived King David’s predatory approach towards bathing Bathsheba and his subsequent actions as those befitting a rapist!

I never considered that approach to the story, of course I could see the following as unacceptable behaviour:-

  • being a peeping tom
  • attempting to arrange for the husband, Uriah, to “lay with her” so that he would think the child was his own.
  • sending Uriah, to his death with other innocent men to cover up the deceit and treachery

But due to his standing, she could not refuse her king could she? The bible says she was “purifying herself, after having her period” Being a man, I can only guess but I cannot think many women are in the mood to use this time to seduce men! 

David was on his roof, looking over and saw her in a state of undress, so called his attendants, found out who she was and got her to come over, got her pregnant and the story unravels until Samuel tells him how displeased God is with the events, finishing with the death of their child.

Regardless of whether Bathsheba knew what she was doing and trying to tempt her king, David didn’t need to fall into that temptation and cause so much sadness and destruction, as Tim Fall writes “we are all responsible for our own sin” and God promises “there will always be a way out and you will never find temptation too hard to bear

Donald Trump has said some really unwise things, his attitude to women is questionable and has been questioned by women marching, some dressed as the anatomy which he claimed he like to “grab”!  But could he be also compared to Saul? Jealous of David (the young man, threatening his rule), he kept lashing out (or throwing a spear) in rage!  

Obviously we don’t have all the facts  yet about why he really fired Comey but Trump seems to be not so much a calculating, coniving person but one that is quick to react and has got into power when people have asked for a leader who befits what they felt they needed yet isn’t quite what they expected to be, like what happened with Saul, God heard the cries of his people to have a king like other nations had but they didn’t need one!

Trump is still being blindly supported by evangelicals thinking he will act how they want, only time will tell but as Saul was replaced by David, one day Trump will be deposed and the American nation will be wondering what they want from the next one

Be thankful you are not Job!

As I have been reading the book of Job, I cannot help but come to the thought, “however hard life gets, at least I am not Job!

I have three children that suffer with a condition called SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) one now with slight autism as well, certain aspects of life that other children would not even take any notice of, my children do!  Unfortunately over the Christmas period a few years ago, our son was affected by something which made glands in his stomach flare up and cause him intense pain!  To some this would have felt just like a stomach ache, to him it was like he had someone twisting his insides!  We only got a possible diagnosis after New Years Day over a week after it all started! When our GP suggested the diagnosis and we got antibiotics, the pain stopped within 12 hours, our son had been suffering since Christmas eve, and no one at the accident & emergency even considered that possibility!

We are currently trying to get the support and equipment in place at school for him, but we are also learning about how to help him control his feelings and how we all deal with them appropriately, so he doesn’t “meltdown”!   I joined a Facebook group for parents of children with SPD, and I asked “has any other parent had problems with their child getting over-anxious about Christmas“, it was on 34 comments and having a look around the rest of  the discussions, I thank the Lord that our son is how he is, some parents have so much more to deal with than we do!

I know that I am incredibly blessed, to have what I have:-

  • My wife is everything I need, she challenges me, supports me and always inspires me!
  • My parents couldn’t barely be more supportive, they have done so much that I will never be able to repay them for it all!
  • My children are amazing, they are funny, caring and I am proud of them!
  • My siblings are are always there when I have needed them!
  • The church where I worship, is the most encouraging, supportive group that I have met in a long time!
  • My home is perfect for my family’s needs.
  • My job is secure in comparison to a lot of jobs in the wider world!

But, when our son was waking up, writhing in pain, in the early hours of the morning, and we were praying for relief for him, I forgot all of that!  I have to admit that a large part of me wanted my son to be able to sleep and not be in so much pain that he would wake up every other hour, so we could get some decent sleep!

Job knew that he hadn’t done anything to cause this bombardment of hardship, his friends even accused him of sinning and calling God’s wrath upon himself, which as the reader of  that book knows is not the case at all! Whether  you read the book of Job as fiction or as a factual event, it does beg the question “when calamity befalls you how do you react?

  • Do you panic?
  • Do you “fall to pieces”?
  • Do you resolve to not be defeated?

I have a lot of admiration for those who have gone through cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. The strength of character, that they have is incredible! One of my twitter friends posted:-

I had 400 tumors removed, a bunch of organs too, over 50 staples and you know what is killing me: the dang feeding/g tube they put in!

I asked how on earth she was still alive having 400 tumours taken out?! She replied “by the Grace of God”!

I am sure some people look at me and think I am “blessed”, my family “has it easy” but we are no different to anyone else, we all have our struggles, some seem never ending, some almost overwhelm us but God is steadfast, he is watching over us, he will not let us drown!

The bible says in Phillippians 4:-

I am not saying this because I feel neglected, for I have learned to be satisfied with what I have. I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I have learned this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

This comes after the passage about being anxious over nothing, I have stated before i am well aware other people have had horrendous childhoods and no end of trial has come their way, but as was said yesterday at my church, if we look up and see our father, the “mountain” is nothing we must overcome alone to move on but something that we will overcome by fixing our eyes on the one who gives us strength when we don’t feel strong enough!

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