August 2018 Archives

Half Way

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 18:1-18

The familiar phrase "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me" came to mind as I thought about Joab's defiant actions with Absalom and previous killing of Abner (see 2 Samuel 3). Joab was the commander of David's army, yet he wasn't fully submitted to David. That's a problem. He had strong opinions and let his emotions control his actions rather than following the clear and direct commands given to him by David.

Have you ever let your opinions and emotions control your actions--even when you knew God was asking you to do something differently? What consequence(s) have you experienced from being partially obedient? Tami

Faithfully Working

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 17:1-29

God's faithfulness was the strong message that stood out to me as Absalom's plan to overthrow David continues to progress. Looking strictly at the circumstances, it appears that Absalom has the upper hand on David. He has momentum with the people and plans to move in for the kill to secure his position as king of Israel. But God is watching over and protecting David, and He has a different plan.

If you recall, in 2 Samuel 15 when David is weeping and leaving Jerusalem, he prays for God to "turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness" (2 Samuel 15:31). Well that's exactly what God does...although the details of how that takes place were different than what we might expect. Instead of irrational counsel coming from Ahithophel, his advice to immediately pursue and attack David is actually good, but Absalom doesn't receive that way. He chooses to follow the counsel of David's advocate, Hushai, instead. As we'll see, Absalom's decision will ultimately lead to his demise.

What did you see or learn about God (His faithfulness, His ways, His plan) from this portion of the story between David and Absalom? Has God ever protected, provided for or guided you in a way you didn't expect? Tami

Flying High

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Flying High

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 16:15-23

Absalom is flying high as he returns to Jerusalem. He's reveling in what he believes is sweet revenge, and is he ever full of pride and arrogance. But in this emotional state his thinking is a little cloudy, which will have its consequences down the road.

Think back to a time or situation when you took action based on wanting revenge or because you were bitter. What was the result? What impact do things like pride, revenge, bitterness and arrogance have on our thinking and actions? Tami

Keeping Focus

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 16:1-14

Have you ever noticed how when we're down and out there always seem to be a few people who will quickly assume the worst about you and then gladly add to your misery? That's exactly what we see with Shimei--accusing David of being a "man of blood" with regard to the family of Saul (a falsehood), and piling on the verbal insults and even physical ones as he throws rocks and dust at David.

But David handles himself well. He doesn't respond in a like manner, nor does he allow Shimei's actions to add to his distress or become a distraction. He's gone through plenty of lows in his life and has learned and grown from those experiences. So rather than being reactive, David gives the entire situation over to God and continues to push forward through this painful situation.

What helps you put aside distractions and keep your eyes on God when you're going through a difficult time? Is there a particular Scripture (verse, passage, Book) that God has used to comfort you when you're in a low time? Tami

Support System

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 15:13-37; Proverbs 17:17

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." (Proverbs 17:17)

David was a good and godly man and a servant-minded leader. He valued and respected people. He was caring and compassionate, and as a result, he had many loyal and committed friends. So when things turn ugly with Absalom and David is forced to leave Jerusalem for his safety, the masses are grieved and several men whom David has treated with respect, kindness and love come forward to offer moral support and help him however they can. What a needed breath of fresh air, encouragement and boost those friends provided in this extremely challenging and dangerous situation.

What does this passage convey about the value and importance of strong friendships? Who is (or has been) your support system when you encounter hardship or trials? Would you say that you're a supportive friend? Tami

Pain for Good

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Today's reading: Psalm 118:1-29

The opening verse of Psalm 118 issues the command to "give thanks to the LORD, for he is good." And as part of the psalmist's giving thanks, he recalls the "deeds of the LORD" (vs. 17), which interestingly include his being severely disciplined.

As I look back over my life, I can clearly see how God has used discipline to teach and grow me spiritually. Those experiences were painful, but good came from each of them. So like the psalmist, I can proclaim, "You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" (vs. 28-29)

Take a few minutes to recall how God has taught and grown you spiritually. Then follow the lead of the psalmist and tell God thank you for his steadfast love in all situations. Tami

Praise God!

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Today's reading: Psalm 117:1-2

Today I read only two short verses in Psalm 117 with the command for ALL to praise the Lord.

"Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!" (vs. 1)

What's one example of how you publically praised the Lord this past week? When you pray privately, do you offer words of praise to God? Tami

King Leader

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 15:13-37

It's not too difficult to be a leader when things are running smoothly. But when the going gets tough it's a different ball game. Leading in and through a time of crisis reveals a lot about the person in charge--attitudes, values, motives. Good leaders stand out when crisis hits.

David is in the middle of a dire situation running for his life from his son, Absalom. So how does he respond? Like a true king and leader--caring for the people around him, putting the interests of others before his own, praying and making wise strategic decisions on the fly, and trusting that God is in control of every aspect of this dark situation.

When a crisis arises, how do you tend to respond? What's one lesson you learned or saw from David's words and actions about leading through a crisis? Tami

Hazardous Inaction

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 14:21-15:12

The broken relationship between David and Absalom is heartbreaking, and it turns even more tragic and painful as time goes on.

After David allows for Absalom to return to Jerusalem, Absalom longs for a renewed relationship with his father. And while David loves Absalom and agrees to see him, when the two men finally come face-to-face neither step up to initiate reconciliation. Instead it's a tense, awkward meeting where father nor son are willing to put aside their pride. So rather than serving to repair and restore this precious relationship, the meeting actually broadens the division between them. Absalom's frustration and anger are fueled by David's cool demeanor and reception. So much so that in the days that follow, Absalom plots, schemes and puts into action a plan to overthrow David as king.

What does this account reveal about how pride can damage and hinder relationships? How is pride presently (or how has pride been) a barrier to reconciliation in one or more of your relationships? If you are harboring frustration, resentment or bitterness toward someone today, what's one thing you can do to initiate reconciliation? (And remember, it may be working on your attitude and heart condition first before reaching out to the other person.) Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 14:21-15:12

The fallout from Amnon's sin and then Absalom's sin continues to unfold as we move into 2 Samuel 14. Absalom is allowed to move back to Jerusalem, but when he returns his life is anything but normal. He's living in his hometown, but for all intents and purposes, he's ostracized by David and those surrounding him.

Absalom wants a restored relationship with his father, but it doesn't happen. And even when he forces a meeting with David, the tension between them is not put to rest. Sadly, even though these two men love each other deeply, there is no real effort of reconciliation from either of them. When they finally come face-to-face there is no recognition of wrongdoing, no seeking of forgiveness, no words of affection exchanged--all things that are necessary components for rebuilding a strong relationship. Absalom returns home still feeling hurt, rejected and unloved, and still harboring anger toward David for his lack of action with Amnon. In this state, Absalom's feelings fester into resentment and bitterness, and the next thing we see is a son turning against his father in the worst possible way.

God designed us to be in relationship with others--and especially our family. So when bonds and friendships are damaged or broken, we hurt and grieve. Whether we voice it or not, we long for reconciliation. But in order for restoration to take place there has to be proper communication.

What hinders us from seeking reconciliation with someone who has hurt us, or with someone we have hurt? What are the dangers of not dealing with our anger and hurt feelings? Is there someone you need to initiate communication with in order to start the reconciliation process? If so, ask God to help and guide you and then take action. Tami

Bad to Worse

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 13:20-39

David's family situation is a mess. Amnon has raped his half-sister Tamar, Absalom (Tamar's brother and Amnon's half-brother) now hates Amnon and is set on getting revenge for Tamar, and David who is "angry" about Amnon's actions does nothing to address and make right what has taken place and completely disrupted his family. It's an ugly, dysfunctional family scenario to begin with, and it only gets worse as a result of David's failure to properly deal with the situation.

Once again, there are numerous lessons for us from this passage--parenting, anger, revenge, relationships. But the main lesson that stood out to me was how David's lack of action serves to make a bad situation so much worse. Rather than stepping directly into this tragic situation that has taken place between his children, David chooses to stick his head in the sand. The result is that Absalom's hatred grows and festers, and ultimately leads him to murder his brother.

Based on this passage and your own experience, why is it important to address conflict and hurt within your family sooner than later? What about conflict and hurt in situations with friends, at work or at church? Tami

Dangerous Situation

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 13:1-22

The account of Amnon and Tamar is always a difficult one for me to read. It's such a tragic situation, and as a woman, my heart aches as I think about Tamar. Even so, we can learn from these recorded circumstances.

Here are some of the lessons I noted as I read through and considered this difficult and heart-rending account of 2 Samuel 13:1-22:

  • Continuing to dwell on something that's a temptation to us is dangerous. The longer we contemplate a temptation, the more likely we are to give into it.
  • The people we choose to hang out with will influence our thinking.
  • When we fixate on ourselves and attaining our wants and desires, sinful thinking and actions will follow.
  • Unchecked sin will continue to progress and grow.
  • Our sin always impacts and hurts other people.

What stood out to me most from this account was the danger of harboring and operating with a selfish heart and attitude. Amnon's only concern was Amnon and what he wanted. And as he continued to fixate on himself and his feelings, he gave in to his sinful desires, which then grew into an out of control fire that ended tragically with the rape and disgraceful discarding of Tamar.

What lesson about temptation and giving into sin stood out to you, and why? What does this passage show about how our thinking and actions are influenced by what we see and choose to view (Tamar was beautiful; Amnon watched her as she baked the bread for him)? Tami

Grateful Responding

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Today's reading: Psalm 116:12-19

As the psalmist concludes Psalm 116, he considers how he should respond to the love and goodness God has shown him.

"What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?" (vs. 12)

It's a good and appropriate question we should ask ourselves and respond to often.

Take a few minutes today to consider this question posed by the psalmist. What's your answer to, "How will I respond, or what will I give back to the Lord for the benefits He has shown me?" Tami

I Love Because

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Today's reading: Psalm 116:1-11

The psalmist declares his love for God and then, in the remaining verses of his song, provides what the lawyer side of me would call supporting documentation for this love.

"I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me . . ." (vs. 1-2)

As I read through the verses of this psalm, my thoughts kept going to the opening phrase: "I love the Lord, because . . ." So I spent a few minutes pondering my love for the Lord and how I would finish that statement.

I was drawn to the message found in verses 6 and 7 because the psalmist's words resonated with me. You see, my husband and I have had to deal with a number of difficult circumstances over the past five years. But God was right there with us, and He sustained and grew us spiritually through it all. As I write today, we are in a place (spiritually, physically and emotionally) that I could never have imagined just a few years ago. God has certainly "dealt bountifully" with us!

So here's where I landed for my "I love because" statement: I love the Lord, because when I was low He sustained me; in His goodness, God has dealt bountifully with me.

What's your "I love because" statement? Take a few minutes and finish this statement: "I love you Lord, because _____________________________________________." Tami


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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 12:15-31

There are always consequences when we sin. And in today's passage, David experiences that first-hand. With regard to this instance, the consequences are particularly painful and distressing. But the pain and distress of the sickness and death of his first son with Bathsheba, humbles David and brings him to a state of complete repentance. While this account is sad and difficult to read, it delivers a needed reminding message of the damaging consequences of our sinful choices--not only to us personally, but to those around us, who more often than not are the people dearest to us.

How has God used a consequence(s) to move your heart to repentance? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-15

Nathan gets the unpleasant (but absolutely necessary) task of confronting David about his sinful actions with regard to Bathsheba and Uriah. Knowing that this interaction will be a difficult one, Nathan starts off with a metaphor that David can easily understand, and then uses that fictitious story to directly and candidly confront David about the horrific wrong he's done and the consequences that will follow. It's a thought-provoking exchange that provides an example of corrective confrontation done well, from both the giving (Nathan) and receiving (David) parties.

What's one thing you learned or saw from either Nathan or David about corrective confrontation-giving, receiving and/or responding to correction? What does this account show about the value of having strong, godly friends and mentors? Tami

No Immunity

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-27

I'm thankful for the realness of the Bible and how through His Word God lets us see and learn from the examples and life situations, both good and bad, of those who lived before us. So while the entire account of David and Bathsheba is disheartening, there are important lessons that we can draw from this story--the most significant one for me being that absolutely no one is immune or exempt from sin.

I find this passage difficult to read because, honestly, it's a little unsettling to see David, God's anointed and the man after God's heart, giving in to his sinful desires and falling so hard so easily and quickly. I can't read this story and not consider the fact that I'm no different than David--absolutely susceptible to, and capable of, great sin. "Thank you, God, for showing us this portion of David's life story which provides a hard but needed cautionary reminder."

What are some other lessons about sin that you saw or learned from David's thinking and actions? What was the most important lesson for you, and why? Tami

Hard Life Lessons

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 10:1-19

The account of the relationship between David and the Ammonites after the death of the king of Ammon is sad, yet filled with a number of beneficial life lessons. The first lesson I noticed is that there may be times when our efforts to extend kindness to another person won't always be received properly.

But the majority of the lessons, and where I chose to focus today, came from the example of Hanun and the snowball effect of his poor choices as a new and inexperienced leader.

Here are the lessons that stood out to me from this disastrous, unnecessary, deadly account:

  • Who we choose as friends and advisors is critical. Surrounding ourselves with wise, godly people is a must.
  • When we're unsure about a circumstance, and particularly someone's motivation, we need to do a little digging and assess the facts of the situation so we can respond properly.
  • Our response to others should never be demeaning or degrading.
  • It's better to admit we've made a mistake than get into a fight over our foolish and/or wrong actions.
  • Fear is powerful and can cloud and distort our judgment and thinking.

What lesson(s) did God impress on your heart from this account? What lesson stood out most prominently to you, and why? Tami

Completed Words

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 9:1-13

Words are cheap. It's easy to tell someone we'll lend a helping hand or pray for them. But putting our words into action requires follow through and effort, and many times what we say and promise to do just doesn't happen.

One of my favorite parts of David's life story is his reaching out to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth. Way back in 1 Samuel 20, David and Jonathan promise they will support and uphold each other, and David specifically promises that he will show kindness to Jonathan's family in the future (see 1 Samuel 20:12-17 and 42). Well, as we reach 2 Samuel 9, years have gone by and David who is now king, is in a position to follow through on his earlier promise to Jonathan, and he does just that. He holds true to his words and follows through on the promise he made to his closest friend. And what's so extraordinary about this account is that David doesn't just show kindness to Mephibosheth. Instead, he goes above and beyond--giving back all of Saul's property (can you imagine how massive this had to be?), putting in place servants to work the land, and providing for Mephibosheth to always eat at his table. These words from verse 11 capture and convey David's faithful and committed heart.

"So Mephibosheth ate at David's table, like one of the king's sons."

When we follow through on what we say, what message(s) does that send to those we're dealing with? What about to people who are watching? How does being faithful to our commitments benefit us and others? Tami

Help and Shield

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Today's reading: Psalm 115:1-18

The repeated message that God is trustworthy and is our help and shield in verses 9-11 drew my attention today.

"O Israel, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield.

O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield.

You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield."

"Thank you, God, for this reminder that no matter what we are experiencing, we can trust You to be our help and shield!"

How has God been your help and your shield? Give an example. What helps you rely on and trust in God when life's circumstances seem out of control? Will you join me today in telling God that you trust Him completely? Tami

Song of Remembrance

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Today's reading: Psalm 114:1-8

The words of Psalm 114 are a looking back and remembering of the wonderful ways God has protected and provided for His children. It's an acknowledgement of God as THE all-powerful God, and His love for and goodness to the Israelites--a love and goodness that is also freely offered to us.

How often do you look back and remember the ways in which God has shown His love to you--protecting you, comforting you, providing for you? Take some time today to recall God's goodness, and then thank Him for what He has done for you. Tami

Dedicated Living

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 8:1-18

As we come into 2 Samuel 8, we get yet another example and lesson from David on what it looks like to be completely dedicated to living for God. David is a warrior set on conquering Israel's enemies and taking possession of their cities and lands, and God is with him. What was so prominent from this chapter was how David's actions and victories weren't about glorifying him--at all. Every action he took was for God and every item he acquired was dedicated to God, even when king Toi sent expensive gifts specifically for David (silver, gold and bronze). And David's dedication to God extended beyond handling material things to the people under his rule. As we come to the end of chapter 8 we're told, "David administered justice and equity to all his people" (vs. 15).

How does being dedicated to God impact you in areas like finances, work and/or family relationships? Think about living fully for God and what that should look like in our daily lives. Now think about your daily routine and practices. How do the two compare? None of us are perfect, so what are some areas or things that you need to work on? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-29

My heart was moved as I took in the beautiful relationship between God and David displayed so candidly in 2 Samuel 7--God blessing David with a covenant to establish David's house and kingdom forever, and David's reverent and humble response. I was particularly drawn to David's reply to God and read it through several times, stopping at different points along the way to more fully take in David's attitude, words and actions. David is so personal and intimate with God, yet at the same time, still recognizes God for who He is--our great and mighty Creator who is in control of every detail of the universe. As I closed my Bible, I was thankful for this example and the reminder that our all-powerful God is also personal.

"Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears" (vs. 22).

What does your time praying to and talking with God look like? How personal are those conversations? Is recognizing God and His greatness and thanking Him for all He's done a regular part of your prayers? Tami

Ugly Words

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 6:16-23, Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 18:21

No relationship is without conflict. Why? Because this side of heaven, we're all flawed people. This being the case, being prepared to respond properly when our tempers flare and we need to confront someone or someone confronts us, would be wise on our part.

Anger is a powerful emotion that often times leads us to speak or spew ugly, hurtful words to others. Proverbs 18:21 tells us, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." Our ugly words can damage relationships beyond repair, and once spoken, those cutting words can never be taken back.

We get a glimpse of conflict handled poorly in 2 Samuel 6:16-23. Michal is angry with David, and in her anger is waiting to confront David as soon as he returns from offering before the ark and blessing the people. David isn't expecting an angry confrontation and immediately responds in kind with his own harsh and cutting words. The situation is a sad one, and at the end of the day, the relationship between this husband and wife has been damaged forever.

How do you tend to respond or react when you get angry with someone? Whether you're pausing for several seconds before responding or waiting even longer, how is waiting to confront or address a person who has offended you helpful when conflict arises? What's one lesson you learned about anger, conflict or confrontation from this passage? Tami

Celebrating God

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-23

Through both an initial and later scene in 2 Samuel 6, we get a vivid picture of celebrating before God from King David and the Israelites. There were songs, stringed instruments, percussion instruments and dancing, as well as offerings and sacrifices made to God. What stood out prominently to me was how passionate David was about and for God. This chapter prompted me to think about and assess how I celebrate and show my passion for God. Yes, Sunday morning worship at church immediately came to my mind, but I was stretched to consider how I might be more demonstrative about rejoicing, praising and celebrating God outside of a church service environment in my everyday life.

So what about you? What does celebrating God look like in your life? How could you do more? Tami

Holy Process

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-15

Once David becomes king over all of Israel, he arranges for the ark of the covenant to be brought to Jerusalem. Rather than having Levites carry the ark through rods on their shoulders, which was God's specified way to transport this holy object, David arranges for the ark to be transported in a wooden cart pulled by oxen. At some point in the transport journey, the oxen stumble, and Uzzah reaches out and touches the ark to steady it. This touching is a direct violation of God's instruction to the Israelites, and as a result, God strikes Uzzah down. David's initial response to this tragedy is anger, which then turns to fear and a halting of the ark being brought to Jerusalem until several months later.

This account is one that seems harsh because Uzzah's motives appear to be good--he was trying to protect the ark from falling. However, as I spent time contemplating what happened here and then dug deeper reading a commentary, this account made more sense to me. David and the Levites weren't following God's directives about the handling and moving of the ark in the first place. They weren't giving God and His holy ark the reverence and respect that were due. So the consequence was the unfortunate and unnecessary death of Uzzah as well as a delaying of the ark coming to Jerusalem.

How do you show reverence and respect to God? Give an example. When or in what type of situations are we most likely to take shortcuts or do something our way when God has instructed us otherwise? Tami

Naming God

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Today's reading: Psalm 113:1-9

I love the way the first three verses of Psalm 113 highlight the name of the Lord. Verse 3 is my favorite because it issues the call to "praise the name of the Lord" at all times.

"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!" (vs. 3)

Is it your practice to be verbal about "praising the name of the Lord" before others? How do you proclaim and praise God to your co-workers, neighbors, friends and family members? Tami


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Today's reading: Psalm 112:1-10

Psalm 112 is basically a commending of living rightly for God. So what does living rightly look like according to the psalmist? Here are few of the qualities I noted as I read:

  • Revering the Lord
  • Taking delight in God's commands
  • Acting with grace and extending mercy
  • Being generous
  • Making honesty a lifestyle
  • Trusting in God and putting confidence in Him

As I looked over my list and read back through this encouraging psalm, verse 5 ("It is well with the man who lives generousl") and verse 9 ("He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor") really resonated with me. An important part of living for God is being generous with both our time and our resources as we help those around us in need.

Is being generous and helping people in need something you're intentional about? What's one example of you living generously for God in the past few weeks? Were there any other elements or qualities of living rightly that stood out to you from this psalm, and why? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 5:17-25

"And David inquired of the LORD. . ." (vs. 19). "And David did as the LORD commanded him. . ." (vs. 24).

Seeking out and asking God for guidance is something we've seen over and over looking at the life of David. And now with David being king of Israel, guess what? Nothing changes! Seeking God's direction and then following it is his standard operating procedure regardless of his circumstances.

How often, and in what circumstances, do you "inquire of the Lord"? How would you describe your "standard operating procedure" for navigating life? Is seeking God's guidance and then following His direction your habit or routine? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-16

I'm a type A, a go-getter. Once I'm given an assignment or set my sights on a goal, I'm all in, pushing full forward to achieve whatever it is I'm focused on or working toward. So waiting can be a challenge for me. When things don't progress as quickly, or in the manner I envision, I'm susceptible to frustration, discouragement and doubt. That's why I'm thankful for getting to see David's journey--in detail--and for the lessons his life story has provided over the past weeks. Many years pass and numerous difficult experiences transpire before David finally becomes king over all of Israel. And through it all, he stays the course spiritually, keeping his eyes on God and trusting His plan and timing. What an example.

Think back over what we've read the past few weeks, beginning with 1 Samuel 16 where David was anointed by Samuel. What have you learned about God's timing and trusting God from David's journey? Tami

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 4:1-12, Proverbs 11:3

While David was grieved over Abner's death, Baanah and Rechab, two of Ish-bosheth's captains (and who would have known Abner well), received the news of Abner's death and then immediately plotted how they could turn the situation to their advantage. With no regard for anyone but themselves, they murder Ish-bosheth and then present his head to David expecting David to reward them (similar to the scenario in 2 Samuel 1 surrounding Saul's death).

To their surprise and ultimate dismay, David refuses to entertain what they've done. Instead, he proclaims God's goodness and calls Baanah and Rechab out for what they are: "wicked men" who have taken an innocent life. As I considered this passage, David's devotion to God and his desire to live righteously, once again, came across loud and clear.

Is it your desire to live rightly for God? How are you demonstrating your commitment to godly living to those around you? What's one lesson or message that God impressed on your heart as you took in and considered this passage? Tami

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