Fair and Even-Handed

February 15, 2019: 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 1, 86; 2 Samuel 8; 1 Chronicles 18, Psalms 60, 2 Samuel 9.

 

The billing company for that medical bill replied. They said we owe the money but ignored the double payment. The bill is for David’s appointments.

I borrowed his phone. I took a picture of the October bill and the payment. Then I took a picture of the November bill with both appointments on it and the payment. I emailed them to the billing company.

David had one shoe on when I asked him to see if the email went through. It was not the best time to ask.

2 Samuel 8:15, “Thus David ruled over all of Israel. He ruled well – fair and even-handed in all his duties and relationships.” The Message

It was not fair to ask David when he was leaving for work. My response was not even-handed. I texted, “Sorry.”

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Marriage is a three-legged race. I turned it into a tug-of-war. I wanted to deal with that email right now!

A three-legged race is usually run with an adult and a child. The adult has to shorten his stride and slow down to the child’s speed. The child has to stretch their legs. They also have to run in sync.

Most marriages include a spender and a saver. The spender has to slow down and the saver has to loosen up.

A couple has to run at their own speed. The fastest runners don’t win three-legged races! They get ahead of their partner, trip, and fall down.

The winners move slow and steady. But they keep their feet. They cross the line together. The goal is to work together – to stay together. That way no one gets hurt.

In a marriage, we are not only tied to each other – we are tied to God. Had I asked God, He would have told me to wait until lunch to check on that email.

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David wanted to build a temple for the “Chest of God” or “Ark of the Covenant,” (2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17). God said no. The Ark was a movable shrine. David could take it with him to battles. Had he built a temple – the ark would probably have stayed put!

How often do I try to put God in a box? He wants me to take Him everywhere I go. He wants to help me fight my battles. He’s the reason I’m still married.

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