Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 September 2019

Out On A Limb
And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away. And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.
(2 Samuel 18:9-10)

Today’s Morsel:  If someone goes out on a limb, they do something they strongly believe in, even though it is risky or extreme and is likely to fail or be criticized by other people.  We could say that Absalom went out on a limb. He tried to steal the kingdom from his father David, but his ploy failed because of poor counsel.  In Luke 14:28-32, Jesus said, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.”   There are many that take chances and succeed in their quest, while others fail and lose all.  If you are going to go out on a limb, make sure you get wise and godly counsel, or you could find yourself hanging from the limb like Absalom.

Sing: If it had not been for the Lord on my side, tell me where would I be? Where would I be?

Thought For Today: Always count the cost as every decision has consequences.

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