July 21, 2014

Time: 8:46 AM

Weather: Looks nice from my window

Readings: 1 Samuel, chapters 26-31

Noteworthy Verse:

“Then David prayed to God, ‘Shall I go after these raiders?  Can I catch them?'”

1 Samuel 30:8

Significance:

  • In this verse David’s city has just been raided by the Amalekites and everything, including people, was taken as plunder.  Before taking any action, David prays to God to ask for His guidance.  This is in dramatic contrast to Saul, who not only rarely consulted the Lord but rarely followed the Lord’s instructions when He did.
  • Later on in this 1 Samuel we find that David was successful in rescuing all the stolen plunder from the Amalekites, while Saul and his 3 sons are killed by the Philistines.
  • This is an obvious example of how it pays to pray and listen to God rather than following your own desires.

Feelings:
I’m feeling a little disappointed in a friend of mine this morning.  I’m realizing now that my expectations may have been too high.  As annoying as it is, it’s serving as an excellent reminder that God is the only one whom we can rely on; the love of Jesus Christ is the only love that will make us feel whole.  Humans, no matter how good their intentions, will never be able to fill that role.

I stretched for 30 minutes yesterday, but only prayed for about ten.  The example from today’s devotional is feeling like good motivation to get me to pray longer today 🙂

 

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