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Be Careful

Read 2 Samuel 11:1 through 12:14; Psalm 51:1 through 52:9

Published: Mar 25, 2017

In children’s church, cautions are urged: be careful what you look at, what you think and talk about, and, certainly, what you do. David’s failure occurred when he ignored this progression of sin. Sin enters with thoughts, continues through speech, then the action occurs.

David saw a beautiful woman and allowed lustful thoughts into his mind. He spoke his thoughts; then sin was born. David knew God’s commands but chose to disobey them. The results David reaped were devastating to him and his family. He confessed his sins to God and asked for forgiveness.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).

God is merciful and gracious to His children and will forgive those who come humbly to Him in repentance. But it is always better to avoid the sin in the first place.  Obeying God’s commands brings blessings, but disobeying brings grave consequences.

Prayer Suggestion: Dear God, help me to consistently guard my thoughts and to live to please You.

Quicklook: Psalm 51:1–12

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Read 2 Samuel 8:15 through 10:19

Published: Mar 24, 2017

David wanted to know if there was anyone left of the house of Saul to whom he could show kindness. Ziba, a servant of Saul’s family was summoned. In their culture, physical impairment was a great source of shame. Perhaps that explains the manner in which Ziba answered.

“There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet” (2 Samuel 9:3).

Maybe Ziba was surprised when David asked where Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, was and summoned him to the palace. Imagine Mephibosheth’s reaction. It had to be difficult for him to enter and bow before his uncle, the king whom his grandfather had tried to kill, the king with whom another uncle had waged a civil war. But David reassured him, “Don’t be afraid.”

David ordered that Mephibosheth receive all that had been Saul’s. And he was invited to always eat at the king’s table with David’s own sons. All the shame and reproach of the past was gone. David had shown him the tender heart of God.

Challenge for Today: Visit those who are in a nursing home or a hospital; volunteer at a food bank or a rehabilitation center.

Quicklook: 2 Samuel 9:2–13


Read 2 Samuel 8:1 through 14:33; Psalm 60:1–12

Published: Mar 23, 2017

Due to his brilliance and diligent work ethic, the leadership of a local manufacturing company promoted Jared to a top position. Because of his age, many were concerned. However, Jared, a Christian, consistently sought God’s direction. He knew that God was the One who gave him success.

Within a few weeks, the four hundred workers Jared supervised learned he was honest and fair in all his decisions. He considered every change and how it would affect the workers. Soon, Jared became known for his humility and kindness. He, like David, desired to please God.

David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people (2 Samuel 8:15).

We know that God looks on the heart, not outward appearances. He seeks those who remind Him of His precious, much-loved Son. Each Christian, through the blood of Christ and God’s grace, is forgiven. As we yield to the Holy Spirit, we will become more like Christ.

Prayer Suggestion: Dear Father, help me obey Your Word and develop the attributes of Jesus.

Quicklook: 2 Samuel 8:6–15

Dwelling Place

Read 2 Samuel 5:1 through 7:29; Psalm 30:1–12

Published: Mar 22, 2017

As David sat in his beautiful palace gazing around at the opulent surroundings, a sudden thought overwhelmed him, Here I am, living in a magnificent house, and the ark of God is in a tent!

Then, God sent a message to David through the prophet Nathan.

“I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling” (2 Samuel 7:6).

What God told David is still true today. He desires to dwell with His children. Wherever you are, He will be also. He said in His Word that He will never leave His people.

Remember, when Jesus ascended back to the Father after His resurrection, He told His followers He would always be with them. He then sent the Holy Spirit to live in each Christian. The Holy Spirit is with God’s people all the time.

Challenge for Today: Encourage someone going through difficult times with the promise that God is with them.

Quicklook: 2 Samuel 7:1–10

Gods Plan

Read 2 Samuel 1:1 through 4:12

Published: Mar 21, 2017

David’s life is a study in contrasts. As a young man, caring for his father’s sheep, he was anointed by Samuel to be king of Israel. Later, his father sent him with food to check on his brothers in the army. While there, he killed Goliath. As he led Israel against its enemies, his popularity grew. Finally, King Saul grew jealous and tried to kill David. David ran for his life and kept running for more than fifteen years, until the death of Saul.

In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The Lord said, “Go up.”David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron” the Lord answered (2 Samuel 2:1).

Learn from David. God has a timetable for each Christian’s life. During the most difficult times, David was being trained and taught the leadership skills he would need to lead God’s people. Honoring God with your trust will bring blessings. In Hebron, David became king of Judah, the first step to becoming king of all Israel. God’s plans always succeed.

Prayer Suggestion: Dear Lord, guide me through life’s problems. Help me trust in Your plan.

Quicklook: 2 Samuel 2:1–7

God Restores

Read 1 Samuel 27:1 through 31:13

Published: Mar 20, 2017

As Brad entered her office, Karen noticed the tears in his eyes. The last time he visited her he shared about his past sins and how they had led to divorce. His ex-wife had taken their two girls and moved far away. For years he searched for them, to no avail.

“My oldest daughter contacted me last night. She and her sister want to meet me!” Brad smiled.

Karen smiled back and said, “Sounds similar to how God worked for David and his men.”

Brad laughed and nodded, remembering the recent discipleship class.

Nothing was missing, young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back (1 Samuel 30:19).

David, in the midst of tragedy, called out to God. Every Christian has the same option. Trust God, no matter what you are facing. Like David, ask for God’s directions and obey. God will never fail to come to the aid of one of His children.

Thought for Today: God is the restorer of what sin has taken.

Quicklook: 1 Samuel 30:11–20


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