My daughter's message to me on my devotion's journal :)
1 Samuel 21
David enjoyed the Bread of Presence
The people become suspicious of David
David is deceitful and pretends to be insane
♥ Questions to ask
When I am in a hard spot, do I often forget the faithfulness of God?
Have I ever found myself being deceitful in an effort to protect self in the flesh, rather than trust the Lord to provide a way?
Does God present me with reminders of His presence, and I might ignore?
Do I ever, or have I ever, pretended to be someone I’m not, because of the opinions of others?
Prayer: God, please help me to see the answers to these questions. Cause me to accept whatever may come to mind, so I may see what you see. Bless me with the ears to hear and cause me to make right any area where I may be squelching Your blessings in my life.
David was being attacked
BUT He put his trust in the Lord!
He held on to the promise God made to make him king, realizing he would NOT be overcome
David KNEW God was on his side
David believed MORE in the commitment to be who God needed him to be, rather than the circumstances threatening his God given assignment
♥ Questions to ask
Do I have a clear understanding of God’s assignment for my life?
Do I trust Him to fulfill this assignment through me MORE than any negative circumstances appearing to keep it from coming to fruition?
Do I put my trust in the Lord and KNOW He is on MY SIDE NO MATTER WHAT?
Prayer: Lord I pray it becomes clearer to me what my current assignment in this life is. Being a wife, mother, and Christian sister all come to mind. In those moments where I struggle to hold on to the vision You have shared with me, and I’m tempted to give in to other ideas, remind me You are on my side! You will enable me to be the wife You have called me to be. You will empower me to be the mother my children need. You will bless me with the ability to reach out to others and lift them up. Thank you! Psalm 34
David expresses the importance of taking refuge in the Lord
Exhorts to refrain from speaking evil and being dishonest
Exhorts to look for peace and to put forth effort in maintaining it
♥ Questions to Ask
Lord, do I always take refuge in You?
Do I always look to You for protection?
When are there moments I have been dishonest, even slightly, and not spoken well?
At what times have I not always sought peace, or worked to keep it?
Prayer: Dear God search my heart and let me know the answers to these question. Help me to see so I can repent and seek Your forgiveness. I desire You watch over me and hear my prayers. I want nothing to interfere with Your protection in my life. Even something I may consider small. God compel me to seek peace with others and cause me to maintain it.