Coals, 30 OCT (a follow up to PLUS)
Coals, YEAH coals… the Roman 12 scriptures that added good instructions in my PLUS devotion piece also covers what to do about evil – and what NOT to do… Scripture reminds us to keep the peace… to remind us that it’s GOD who fights the battles, we are to just keep doing what we are doing… don’t curse back… don’t even wish the coals on the people – just let God handle it and keep yourself in JOY or at least peace… Keep the peace that was given to us in Jesus.
It is a mercy thing to sit back and watch coals being heaped, because we try to be within God’s law, and we see those terrible coals heaped on those who are perishing… and we pray for mercy for ourselves – Jesus asked for mercy for those who were not knowing how they sinned… We ask for mercy so that we are not the ones feeling distanced from the Lord – we ask for mercy for the consequences of life – and of course of His judgement.
Keeping the peace is also self-preservation, to not let stress keep us from doing HIS work… let God do the coal work, not us… our job is to keep shining the LIGHT… His LIGHT…
Let the blessings shining on you speak for themselves… No boasting, just witness to how you have been blessed… Walk with the Lord… Humbly…
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV
A pastor-friend posted on his Facebook video devotions about 2 Samuel 16:5-14 – about David hearing and tolerating the cursing directed at him… David just let the person curse and David just kept on walking…
Thank you Lord for when you looked upon me and restored to me to receiving your blessings.
Here are the scriptures – so meaty and worth feasting on…
Romans 12:14-20 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
2 Samuel 16:5-14 (NIV)
Shimei Curses David
As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”
But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”
David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”
So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt. The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.