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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 14, 2017

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FRIDAY, July 14

1 Samuel 17:28 His eldest brother Eliab heard him talking to the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David. He said, “Why have you come down? With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart; for you have come down just to see the battle.”

We had a rule growing up: Never fight with your siblings in public. We were to defend and support each other. Mom convinced us that she had spies everywhere—even if she wasn’t there, she’d find out the truth of what we had or had not done.

John Ohmer’s book Slaying Your Goliaths: How God Can Help got me interested in re-reading the David and Goliath story. One very interesting part of the story is the jealousy that Eliab shows toward his brother David. Eliab’s question, “Where are your few sheep?” implies that David’s work is insignificant—then he goes on to accuse David of having an evil heart.

Sibling rivalry proves that we’re broken people with broken relationships. The very people we should love most are also the ones who push our hottest buttons and drive us up every single wall in the house. When we see sibling rivalry in the Bible, God shows us that these special relationships are fragile and need care and nourishment to thrive and give life to our family.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you talked to your brother or sister lately? Give them a call or write them a note.

PRAY for the Dioceses of On the Lake and On the Niger (Nigeria)

Ps 16, 17 * 22 | 1 Samuel 17:17-30 | Acts 10:34-48 | Mark 1:1-13

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