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“Perhaps today you will seek the Lord’s guidance.” <>< Dona (04/24/20)

Please read I Samuel 23 through 25.  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.

In I Samuel 23 David sought the Lord before he took action.

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord, David sought Your guidance.

Something to think about

David took time to seek God’s guidance. Though he could have just done what he thought was right, he wanted God’s plan. He realized not every opportunity is sent from God. When opportunities come our way we need to check our motives.  Make sure we’re following God’s desires, and not just our own.

Something to experience

Sometimes I do something without seeking God’s help because it seems like such a “no-brainer.”  But then I trip up and say or do something that causes a problem for me and/or others.  It would have been easier to seek guidance from God first.  Instead of later having to ask God to help me clean up the mess I made. 

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In I Samuel 24 David respected the position and role of Saul.  David believed Saul was the Lord’s anointed (see verse 6).

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord, David had the opportunity to get even with Saul but he didn’t take it.

Something to think about

God’s Word teaches that God has placed the government and its leaders in power (see Romans 13:1-7).  Like David, we are to respect the positions and roles of those to whom God has given authority.   There is one exception, however. Because God is our highest authority, we should not allow a leader to pressure us to violate God’s law.

Something to experience

Don’t compromise your moral standards by giving in to group pressure or taking the easy way out.

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In I Samuel 25 David and his men were kind to Nabal’s shepherds. But Nabal wasn’t kind to David’s men.

Response

“Oh! Wow!” Lord, when Abigail heard how her husband Nabal had treated David’s men she quickly set out to meet David. She wanted to make things right.

Something to think about

David planned to attack Nabal because of how he had treated David’s men. When David set out for Nabal’s property he was in no mood to listen to anyone.  But Abigail came prepared to make peace by providing supplies for David and his men.

Something to experience

No matter how right we think we are, we must always be careful to stop and listen to others.  The extra time and effort can save us pain and trouble in the long run. It saved both David and Abigail.

“May you take time to listen to others today.” <>< Dona