When God promises to bless the house of David, his immediate response is to go sit in God’s presence, thanking God and acknowledging his own unworthiness. This is surprising, since David had an impressive resume. David had defeated the Philistines, bringing peace to Israel. He had built a grand palace for himself and his court. He had also rescued the Ark of the Covenant from captivity and brought it into the capital city in a joyous procession. David’s humility was definitely not weak or self-deprecating. He certainly had ego strength. This is exactly what enabled David to be humble.
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Note: This article was originally published in 2010.
I'm sure you've heard it many times, just as I have. Grieving friends and family members at the funeral, comforting themselves and one another with phrases like "the Lord took him."
I remember particularly one case fifteen years ago that genuinely troubled me. The widow and her daughter were both crying, but they found solace in the thought that the Lord had taken their husband and father.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.