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“No matter our age God can use us.” <>< Dona (04/22/20)

Please read I Samuel 16 through 18.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

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In I Samuel 16 Samuel anointed David to be the next king of Israel.

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord, David was just a young boy and yet You chose him to be the next king of Israel.

Something to think about

If the population of Israel had been seeking a king they probably would not have chosen a young man such as David.  Yet in verse 7 the Lord told Samuel that He (the Lord) does not judge by outward appearance.  He said man looks at the outward appearance, but He (the Lord) looks at the heart. Appearance doesn’t reveal what people are really like or what their true value is. Fortunately, God judges by faith and character, not appearances.  And because only God can see on the inside, only He can accurately judge people.

Something to experience

Since God is looking inside of us, we should spend time developing our inner character. Though others can see our face, only God knows what our heart really looks like.  It’s okay to “put on a pretty face” but we should always “put on a pretty heart” too.  We can do that by reading, praying, speaking and living God’s Word.   

In I Samuel 17 David and Goliath met in battle.  

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord You defeated Goliath, a giant, through David, a young boy.

Something to think about

Goliath had the advantage against David from a human standpoint.  But Goliath didn’t realize that in fighting David, he also had to fight God. David made some bold statements.  David looked at the match up from God’s point of view. 

Something to experience

Once we see clearly, we can fight more effectively.  Don’t let others discourage you if you know God is with you and will fight for you.  By doing what God’s called you to do, you will be pleasing Him. 

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In I Samuel 18 Saul tried to kill David.

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord though David had fought for Saul, Saul attempted to kill David.

Something to think about

Saul’s appreciation for David turned to jealousy as people applauded David’s successes. Jealousy may not seem like a major sin, but in reality it can lead to murder.

Something to experience

Jealousy starts as a resentment toward another person because they have something that perhaps we don’t have or we don’t have enough of in our opinion. It could be money, success, looks or something else that we desire.   A suggestion: pray for those you’re jealous of, those you disapprove of and those you believe are mistreating you.    

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Prayer

Lord help us to develop our inner character; that is our heart attitude (Luke 1:17). Lord I pray we will fight only the battles you call us to fight (I Timothy 6:12).  I pray we will not be discouraged as we trust You are with us in our battles (Jeremiah 39:18).  I pray we will please You by our thoughts, words and behavior (I Thessalonians 2:4; 4:1, 7).  Lord I pray we will not resent anyone (Proverbs 19:11) or be jealous of anyone (Proverbs 27:4).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I treat others with kindness.” <>< Dona