‘Lord Almighty, God of Israel! I have the courage to pray this prayer to you, because you have revealed all this to me, your servant, and have told me that you will make my descendants kings. ‘And now, Sovereign Lord, you are God; you always keep your promises, and you have made this wonderful promise to me. I ask you to bless my descendants so that they will continue to enjoy your favour. You, Sovereign Lord, have promised this, and your blessing will rest on my descendants for ever.’ (verses 27-29)
Read 2 Samuel 7:18-29
Flying between Brisbane and Melbourne in a window seat on a clear day is for me an exercise of trust. I’m not a confident flier. Planes do crash, and my logical mind tells me that to go ‘down’ should a pilot lose control means you would literally go to your grave. With such thoughts, why fly?
I settle with a good book, and soon the big jet lumbers in to land, and my mind marvels at the wisdom and skill of designers and fliers who contrive and drive these incredible machines. I trust their skill and expertise, realising that human beings are fallible. I’m not confident, yet I am not afraid, for, undergirding every flight — on the ground or in the sky — is the enduring promise of the Lord that he will provide a kingdom that will never end. To be living in that kingdom is more exciting than a safe landing and reunion with loved ones. The kingdom he has promised and delivered is for you and your descendants.
Father, long ago you established your everlasting kingdom. As a member of your family I praise you. Stretch out your arms and bless my descendants with your eternal saving love in Jesus. Amen.
by Eunice Freiberg in ‘Renewed Hope for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 2000)
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