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David, Real Peace (15 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
II Samuel 7
Introduction: When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished. As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line. "Excuse me," Governor Herter said, "may I have another piece of chicken?"
"Sorry," the woman told him. "I'm supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person." "But I'm starved," the governor said. "Sorry," the woman said again. "Only one to a customer."
Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around. "Do you know who I am?" he said. "I am the governor of this state." "Do you know who I am?" the woman said. "I'm the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister."
Like Governor Herter, most people don't like to be told "no." We don't like it when our parents say "no." We don't like it when our kids say "no." We don't like it when the police say "no." And sometimes we don't like when our GOD says "no."
Let me suggest several scenarios that are not uncommon among Christians.
Scenario #1: A single woman in her middle to late 30's has long wanted to be married and have a family, but has not found a Christian husband. She has poured her heart out to God for years asking him to help her, but the has remained single. Now it is beginning to look like she will never find the husband she desires. Her dreams seem broken.
Scenario #2: The only child of a couple in their 30's has leukemia. The doctors have given him less than six months to live. His parents and the members of the whole church have prayed without ceasing for the boy. Day by day, however, he has gotten worse. Fin ...
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