David was more than just the king of Israel. A talented singer and song-writer, David would often pen Psalms praising the Lord for His deliverance, salvation, and might. Near the end of David's life he thanks God for all that He has done throughout David's life (2 Sam. 22:1-25). Through the many ups and downs of David's life, God was always present. Consider your life and its many ups and downs. Similarly to David, God has been present throughout the changes in your life too.
Israel found themselves in a hopeless place. The land God had promised to give them was overrun by towering cities, formidable armies, and fearsome giants. With respect to these facts, 10 of the 12 spies report "we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them" (Numbers 13:33). For 40 years they wandered the desert until it was time for a new generation, led by Joshua, to enter into the land of towering cities, formidable armies, and fearsome giants...and th
Today's devotional (2 Samuel 12:1-14) covers one of the Old Testament's stand out moments: David's adultery with Bathsheba. David, a man who is widely characterized by his faithfulness to God both before and after this event, is shown here having fallen from grace. There are a lot of lessons we can learn from this part of God's word. Let's explore some of those lessons now: 1. Even spiritual giants can fall - As great as David was, he was still a man prone to temptation and s
Distraught over the differences between his house and God's house, David speaks to Nathan about building a great house for the Lord (2 Sam. 7:1-29). Though his intentions are good, the Lord's house is not for David to build, that being said, the Lord rewards David for his heart and desire. Following this David gives God the best that he can give Him, a prayer of thankfulness and praise. God expects our best. We know this, but many of us hold back our best because, well, our b
Annual emergency room visits because of suicidal thoughts and attempts increased from 580,000 to 1.12 million between the years of 2007 and 2015. A majority of these children are between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. (source) People feel hopeless. Jobs, finances, workloads, relationships, and other stresses are pushing many people to a breaking point crushing them emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. What can we do? As hopeless as things may seem for you or f
In our reading today (1 Sam. 26:1-25), we find David in a position he has been in before, he has an opportunity to take out Saul before Saul can kill him. Rusty Hills, the author of Five Minutes with God, notes here that the phrase "the Lord" occurs 15 times throughout this chapter. Every action and thought of David ran through the filter of "what would the Lord want me to do?" In the heat of the moment, we do not always remember to stop and ask the question "what would the L
I recently finished a book called "The Art of Storytelling". In it, the author explains methods and practices he has taken to become a better speaker and illustrator. He also shares a bit about his biggest struggle as a speaker, his terrible stutter. The author's name is John Walsh and if you ever got the opportunity to speak to him one-on-one you would not leave the conversation thinking "wow what a great speaker"! In private conversation, his stutter is pronounced and makin
One of the most difficult expectations of God to uphold is that of humility. Admitting that we do not know everything, do not fully understand something, and do not have the full picture can be difficult for us, but it's so very necessary to our faith. Faith is simply our trust in God and where there is no humility, or stated in the positive, where there is pride, there can be no trust. When we believe we know everything, we push God and faith in Him out. When we think we kno