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Posted on October 08, 2009

While this will sound it for a bit, this is not a political rant, nor is its focus political.  Really.

I do not like our current president.  There are many reasons.  Some of the things he is doing scare me.  Some confuse me.  Some make me mad.

Two weeks ago I was in Trinidad leading a backpacking trip across the northern part of the island (you can see pictures and get a sense of the trip from the captions here).  The purpose of the trip was to study the nature and character of God while backpacking through part of the northern rainforest.  As we were talking about God’s sovereignty, one of the things that is clear from scripture is that God puts leaders in place, even ones whom we consider bad or evil, consider Manasseh.  Additionally, we reviewed that fact that God’s attributes are unified.  That is His sovereignty and His love do not exist exclusively.  All that He does He does with all of who He is.
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Familiar Tools
Posted on October 07, 2009

A few days ago I was reading 1 Samuel 17:38-40 (NASB95): "Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor. David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, 'I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.' And David took them off. He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine."

I was pulled up short by the phrase, “I have not tested them.” David was chosen from the foundation of the world to face Goliath. He says himself in Psalm 139 that his days were ordained before there was one of them. The gear with which Saul equipped David was designed specifically for battle. So we have here a man who was specifically chosen to fight an enemy of Israel equipped with tools that were specifically designed for the task for which he was chosen.

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