The first time I ever read my Bible through, I distinctly remember coming to this passage of Scripture. The mighty men jumped off the page, and I remember thinking, “WOW, I wish I could be like these guys”! God had called me to preach just a year before, and youth camp was approaching. I was going to preach in the preaching contest, and I knew what sermon I was going to preach.
Wisdom can be one of the most underrated qualities a person can have. Unfortunately, many view attributes such as talent, authority, and influence as greater than wisdom. Surveying those around us, we can easily come to the conclusion that wisdom far surpasses these lesser abilities.
Hate can destroy a person’s life. Resentment over a past wrong can fester and cause a soul to become very infected with anger. Far too many times I have seen people hold on to grudges for years. Children against parents, parents against kids, siblings, friends, church members, and more.
One of the greatest blessings anyone can have in their life is a good friend. Euripides said, “One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” If you have one great friend, consider yourself truly blessed!
We come to that extremely sad part of David’s life. Up until this point, David seems to have genuinely had a heart to follow and please the Lord. In one moment, his life would be forever changed.
A split decision can have far reaching consequences that can last for years. David learned this the hard way. He made one bad mistake, which lead to another, and another. In the end, the cost of his sin was more than he could bear. David preferred death than that weight of the consequences of his sin.
I enjoy sports a lot. When football season rolls around, you know I am going to be rooting for the Cowboys (and yes, Dez did make that catch!). During basketball season, like right now, I am always rooting for the Mavericks. Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to go to a Cowboys game (if is definitely on my bucket list), but I have had the chance to see several Mavericks games.
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dali
“Big results require big ambitions.” - Heraclitus
Ambition can be a great and horrible thing all at the same time. Ambition means a desire of honor, excellence, or superiority. The word comes from a Latin word that was often used to describe a Roman candidate running for office, who went about the city to solicit votes.