Do you have motivations in your life that you use to keep you going “when the going gets tough” – as they say? Do you set rewards or look forward to eagerly anticipated plans for the future – when the present is sometimes difficult? This is the type of behavior we see characterizing David, the “man after God’s own heart, who will do My will.” (Acts 13:22) I find the 25th through 31st verses of our chapter in Acts today, to be quite moving in this regard.

The surreal story, in 1 Chronicles 21, of David seeing the angel of the LORD holding a drawn sword over Jerusalem really captured my imagination today. In a world threatened by men’s evil and weaponry, I decided this story might be worth mining for lessons.

One of my all-time favorite scenes in a movie is found in the final scenes in Wall-E – a Disney/Pixar film that was released in 2008. In this computer-animated sci-fi scenario, robots have made humans redundant. People sit in motorized lounge chairs “having become obese and feeble due to microgravity and reliance on an automated lifestyle,” – their every desire fulfilled at the touch of a button. It is a poignant scene because it has transported out of the imagination-realm and into reality more and more with each generation. I believe we have far too much instant, mind-numbing, fruitless entertainment at our fingertips.

Did you know that following rabbit trails is not always a bad thing? At least when it comes to Bible study. The negative connotation of this idiom is debunked when pursuing the myriad paths of exploring words, phrases and passages inspired by the mind of God. The wonder of God’s word is that every rabbit trail you traverse leads to treasure. And each one is intersected by others, to create a great interconnected web of wisdom, as the trails are investigated.