See The Goodness

See The Goodness By Kirk Hunt

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

Psalms 27:13 NKJV

 

The road stretches out before me, narrow and barren.  For a moment I consider not continuing.  It is then that I remember His many promises, breathed in my soul by the Holy Spirit and confirmed in Scripture.  I will walk on and see the goodness.

Even King David could not settle all of his problems and issues with swords or proclamations.  He had to work our his own salvation with fear and trembling.  Just like you and I.  There were days he had to wait to see God’s goodness, in faith and belief.

It is not always easy; doing right, the right way.  Laboring and staying faithful for promises you see only faith.  Still, now is not the time to lose heart or hope. 

Sometimes, as now, there are storms and difficulties.  His promises remain certain.  There will be better, even in the turbulence.  His joy is in you, not in the circumstances.

Do not let anyone, even yourself, tell you that you lack faith or courage.  Faith does not ignore the difficulties.  Courage does not lessen the blows. 

Your advantage is that you know it will be worth it.  God’s goodness will be there and then, and eventually it will be here and now.  Keep walking the long narrow road to God.  Along the way you will find yourself living in the land of God’s goodness.

Think:       No matter what I see now, I will live to see God’s goodness in the future.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to have faith in Your promises, even in storms.”

 

Copyright © March 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Keilah’s Champions

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Keilah’s Champions by Kirk Hunt

 

So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:5 KJV

 

The Keilah militia was no match for first-line Philistine troops.  At best, the men and women of Keilah would starve that winter.  It was possible that the Philistines might not let anyone survive to be hungry.

 

David went to God.  “Should I go save strangers?”  Twice, the answer came back: “Yes.”

 

The marauders were mauled.  David’s and his men out maneuvered, then out fought the raiders.  The champions of Keilah saved the day.  Only after did the helpers meet the helped.

 

As God’s man or woman, you are called to service in His Kingdom.  Often, that will involve providing help and healing to folks you have never seen before.  Service is at its most refined when given to pure strangers.

 

There is a modern-day Keilah crying out for you.  The need is matter of life-and-death, even if military maneuvers are not needed.  They need the light and life from Jesus that you carry.  Nothing else will save those souls.

 

You may not be one of them, still you are their champion.  You carry His power, healing and help within you.  You’ll have to get close and personal for them to receive it.

 

You have what they need.  Get out there and be a champion.  There will be time to learn names afterward.

 

Think:            In God’s service you might be a champion to complete strangers.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to become the champion someone else needs.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Elite Humility

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Elite Humility by Kirk Hunt

 

And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.

2 Samuel 23:16 KJV

 

The courage, daring and skill of the three mighty men is clear.  Their devotion to David cannot be questioned.  Still, what to do with their extravagant gift is a quandary.

 

David sacrificed the canteen before God.  Drink offerings were a regular part of the Mosaic Law.  As far as David was concerned, that canteen held fluid more precious than anything the Law required.

 

David’s choice demonstrated something more: David’s humility.  He was humbled by their devotion.  He was humbled by the risks they took.

 

David responded with grateful worship to God, who had sent these champions.  He also responded with self-denial.  He refused to drink the water, as a gift too precious for common use.

 

Only a humble man (or woman) would see past the excitement of the moment.  David’s humility demanded that their gift be consumed by some One worthy.  David demonstrated his character, strength and wisdom by refusing what he wanted so badly.

 

Humility is a sober and measured opinion of your own value.  The bigger you are in God’s Kingdom, the more important your grip on your self-valuation.  David understood the need for humility, and lived it out.  Can you say the same?

 

Think:            Humility is a strength, and grace, for God’s people.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to live and serve your Kingdom in humility.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Adullam’s Champions

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Adullam’s Champions by Kirk Hunt

 

And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David:

2 Samuel 23:15–16 KJV

Please also read 2 Samuel 23:8–17

 

Adino, Eleazar and Shammah.  The elite three among David’s forces.  The kind of men to go deep behind enemy lines to get a canteen of water.

 

These are not the same men recruited at Adullam.  They are no longer deadbeats, losers or whiners.  David’s moment of nostalgia and homesickness becomes a chance to display their strength.  And encourage the heart and spirit of their chosen leader.

 

Did these men spring out of the earth, champions?  Scripture does not record that scene.  Instead, Scripture records their act of selflessness and encouragement.

 

God intends for you to become a champion.  Where you start is less important than following His plan for your life.  Your service in His Kingdom is the primary tool to change you.  For the better.

 

Perhaps you already are a champion.  Have you engaged in a heroic effort, just to encourage someone?  Only a champion would unobtrusively schedule a perilous victory for someone else’s benefit.

 

God’s Kingdom is full of opportunities, big and small.  To encourage, bless and build up others in Christ.  His intends for you to be a champion.  Go do your faith hero stuff.

 

Think:            Men and women are made champions in God’s service.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to become the champion You intend.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Adullam’s Recruits

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Adullam’s Recruits by Kirk Hunt

 

And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

I Samuel 22:2 KJV

 

David fled to the cave of Adullam, hunted and hated by King Saul.  There, alone and in need of support, David received his recruits.  Oh, joy.

 

There were not the best and the brightest.  They were not even the middling and muted.  The cast-offs of society made their way to David.  Oh, boy.

 

Scripture says they were in distress, or in debt or discontented.  I call them the losers, the deadbeats and the whiners.  Not the usual starting blocks of an elite fighting unit.  Oh, man.

 

Thankfully, the sentence does not end there.  At least they brought themselves.  That hints that they were willing to invest themselves in something.  By coming to and staying at Adullam, they changed.  Oh, well.

 

Davis became their captain.  Clearly, these undesirable men were willing to accept leadership.  Often, a teachable heart alone can help a man advance from where ever he started.  Oh, great.

 

Adullam’s recruits represent the men and women who come to support you in your calling.  They are unfinished and often undesirable, but with God’s help they can become champions.  Oh, okay.

 

Think:            Men and women finish champions in God’s service, no matter how they start.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see Your finished work in my brothers and sisters.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Stop And Help

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Stop And Help by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.

1 Samuel 30:13 KJV

 

Sick and starving, the Egyptian lay where his master abandoned him.  Despite their hot pursuit, David and his men did not close their eyes to his plight.  They stopped to help a sick man.

 

Gratitude can sometimes be purchased.  A decent meal, a warm blanket and perhaps a little herbal medicine were easy enough to give.  Such little things bought the gratefulness, trust and perhaps loyalty of the young man.  For a promise, he led David to his former master.

 

The Egyptian pointed.  The Hebrews attacked.  The Amalekites fell.  They recovered all.

 

Did David know the young man could help him find the captured families (verses 3-4)?  Probably not.  Compassion and mercy flow from the heart.  The giver is usually surprised at the benefits.

 

Opportunities to minister and serve may come at strange times or inconvenient places.  Most often when we think we have little or nothing to give.  God will always provide what you need to fulfill His Will.  Put your confidence in Him.

 

You may be pressed and strapped with your own needs and issues.  Do not let your own concerns lead you past an opportunity to stop and help.  The lives you save may include own.

 

 

Think: Mercy and compassion can have surprising benefits.

 

Pray: “Lord, give me opportunities to stop and help.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2012, Kirk Hunt

Call For The Ephod

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Call For The Ephod by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

1 Samuel 30:7 KJV

An unruly mob of trained killers were mumbling and looking David’s way.  Their homes had been burned.  Their wives, children and livestock had been carried off, captive.  Something had to be done.

 

David’s situation was exactly the same as that of his men.  Still, the troops blamed their own leader for their pain.  The gathering pile of stones was not a good sign for David.

 

David did not panic or breakdown.  He responded.  He called for the Ephod and started talking to God.

 

The word ephod has different meaning when used in Scripture.  In this verse, it referred to a means of determining God’s Will.  <http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/5790-ephod#anchor4>   David sought a rhema or Word from God.

 

Scripture does not say how the ephod worked.  All we know is that David received clear and fresh direction from God.  David then turned and faced the mob, and shared his revelation from God.

 

No matter what you are facing, you can call for an “ephod.”  You can receive a fresh Word from God.  Pray.  Study Scripture.  Fast.  He will speak to you.

 

You will get your rhema.  With a fresh Word from God, you can face your unruly mob of stone gathers.  Your revelation from God will speak life to the mob and the situation.

 

Think: I can always seek a fresh Word from God.  No matter what.

 

Pray: “Lord, remind me to seek a fresh Word from You.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2012, Kirk Hunt

Living On The Rock

Living On The Rock by Kirk Hunt

 

And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;   The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.   I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Samuel 22:2–4 KJV

For the first time, in years, there was no morning war council.  The scouts and surveillance agents had nothing to report.  Peace and quiet held sway over the kingdom.

 

How would you react?  David had spent many years, one step in front of various hangmen.  David’s enemies were not just Philistines, or King Saul and his family.  His own son, Absalom, had attempted to kill him.

 

The sudden absence of pursuers pulled a response out of David.  In gratitude and praise, he wrote a song to his God.  Given a chance to celebrate peace and security, David worshipped.

 

No matter the hardships of your life, you can rest easy.  God has protected you up until now.  The spiritual bedrock of God is your security and safety.   Today and tomorrow, He will save you from enemies foreign and domestic.

 

Think:                        No matter what is going on, God is the rock I live on.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to remember to live on the Rock of You.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2012, Kirk Hunt

The Nature Of Sacrifice

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“The Nature Of Sacrifice” by Kirk Hunt

 

And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings [sacrifice] unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

2 Samuel 24:24 KJV

 

There are two forms of sacrifice: giving or doing. You sacrifice by giving away something you would prefer to keep. You also sacrifice by doing when you would rather be sitting. Either way, the last part is the word, “ouch.”

 

A sacrifice must mean something to you. It must cost you something. Only then does the act have any meaning for you. Or God.

 

The money David spent in verse 24 was just the beginning. The altar had to be built. The oxen were prepared. The farm implements were chopped into firewood.

 

David’s sacrifice brought forgiveness. It is important to note that David could not buy forgiveness. All he could do was show God how sorry he was for his sin. David gave. David did.

 

God saw sincere and true repentance, in David’s authentic sacrifice. Forgiveness flowed from heaven. It may have hurt, but David renewed his relationship with God.

 

You may have to give away something precious. It may cost you sweat and blood. What will your sacrifice(s) bring?

 

Think: Real sacrifice gives real results.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to sacrifice what I must to grow closer to You.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Are You Listening?

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“Are You Listening?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:    And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.

1 Samuel 25:32-33 KJV

 

The high-born lady kneeled in the dusty road. She accepted blame before the local warlord for her husband’s error. She gave gifts of freshly prepared food and fresh-cut respect. Using diplomacy, graciousness and humility, she transformed murderous intent into life-affirming gratitude.

 

Warlord David recognized his peril. His anger, even though righteous and justified, had nearly plunged him into error and sin. Even in his anger, he remained God’s man and listened to reason.

 

Nabal nearly brought calamity on not just himself, but everyone around him. Despite his churlish and foolish behavior, he received mercy in its truest form. If not for his sake, then Abigail’s.

 

David listened to Abigail. He heard the truth, wisdom and righteousness in her words. He humbled himself before God and man to call off the attack.

 

Abigail listened, in horror, to the report of Nabal’s disrespect. She took immediate action to head off imminent disaster. With a heart full of God’s wisdom and Godly humility, Abigail met blood-thirsty anger with heart-winning grace.

 

Where are you in the picture? Are you listening? If so, are you taking action based on what your hear?

 

Think: Do I listen as God intends?

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to listen to Your truth and wisdom, no matter the source or circumstance.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2011, Kirk Hunt

Men Of Integrity

“Men Of Integrity” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Nathan departed unto his house.

2 Samuel 12: 15a (KJV)
(Please read 2 Samuel 12:1-15)

 

Nathan humiliated David, a warrior-king. In front of the royal court, the prophet spoke God’s truth without hesitation or restraint. Then he stood there, watching for David’s reaction.

 

Speaking truth to power is a display of integrity. It takes courage to accuse and confront a man with David’s warrior credentials and royal prerogatives. Nathan knew David could order his death and chose to obey God anyway.

 

Repenting after God’s rebuke is a display of integrity. It takes courage to confess and repent in front of a crowd. David chose to retain his relationship with God rather than impress the courtiers.

 

Being a man or woman of integrity is not easy. It requires tough choices. It requires choosing to do what is right rather than what is convenient. Or less humiliating.

 

“You are the man.” Nathan’s love for God led him to speak the truth, rather than compromise. A powerful display of integrity.

 

The prophet walked calmly home. David’s love for God protected Nathan from retaliation. An authentic display of integrity.

 

You have choices today: God’s way or something less. Your choice reveals your integrity. Display the integrity that honors God.

 

Think: Integrity is about doing the right thing, no matter what.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to respond per Your Word and Way, no matter what.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt

Pain In The Offering

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“Pain In The Offering” by Kirk Hunt

 

And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

2 Samuel 24:24 KJV

Please read all of 2 Samuel 24

 

Araunah tried to give away his land, livestock and equipment. David carefully wrote out the bill of sale and paid the full price for everything. David offered his sacrifice and God accepted it. In a moment, David’s tears changed from sorrow to joy.

 

The pain in David’s offering was not the money he paid. David paid a substantial financial sum for Araunah’s farm, but cash wasn’t a problem. David’s hurt came in facing his own error and sin. Repentance cost the most in David’s sacrifice.

 

Our offerings to God ought to cost us something. Often, we are blessed to give from the abundance of God’s blessings. Too often, our offerings require that we dig into our souls and surrender things we’re rather keep: lazy comforts, arrogant self-righteousness, willful disobedience.

 

When we sacrifice those deeply held things, it hurts. When there is pain in the offering, that means you are being open and serious with God and yourself. In the long run, the hot tears and burning heart are a good thing.

 

Think : God wants a real sacrifice from me.

 

Pray: “Lord, help me to sacrifice those things that keep me from You.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2010, Kirk Hunt