As part of God's mighty and eternal structure, pray for the grace to always be strong and in place.

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 7

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 7:16

And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.

Let’s fast forward to Luke 2:1-7. Jesus, the seed of David, is born in “The city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he (Joseph) was of the house and lineage of David.” The “forever” King has arrived. No doubt, as the assistant to Paul, Luke had at least two years to research the material for his Gospel during Paul’s custody in Caesarea. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was still living. Bethlehem is only 5 miles south of Jerusalem. This conscientious physician would have interviewed shepherds who were now 60 or 70 years old. Their memories of when they were 15 or 30 would still be sharp. It’s worthwhile to notice that no one, not even those who were enemies of Christ Jesus, questioned, in any writings, the truth of these reports. The promise of God to David through the Prophet Nathan has been fulfilled, and because “He ever lives” (Hebrews 7:25), it continues to be fulfilled. God promised that David’s son would build the Temple in Jerusalem, but David’s greatest Son would build the eternal Temple.


Lord Jesus, You are building a temple of “living stones.” I thank You that I have the faith to believe I’m one of those stones. I pray for grace to always be strong and in place as part of the mighty eternal structure You are building. Amen!


As you drive north on Highway 69 into the nickel capital of the world, Sudbury, Ontario, you can’t miss the church where I was pastor during construction. It’s now “All Nations Baptist Church.” The large retaining wall that keeps the parking lot from falling onto the highway was strengthened with used steel rods from the rolling mills of INCO, the International Nickel Company. In the process of grinding ore into a powder, the rods are ground down from a four-inch diameter to about a one-inch diameter. The discarded rods were free and we placed them by the hundreds into the concrete retaining wall. That was in 1966. The building was dedicated to God on July 1, 1967, as a centennial project celebrating Canada’s 100th birthday. To make me strong, God has put the steel rods of His strength up and down my backbone. David, in Psalm 16:8, wrote, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”

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