Daily Devotional: March 24
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Jesus: Although it might seem unusual to think of - Jesus as God was also 100% human and felt fear and anxiety in Gethsemane to a degree which we, in our frail humanity, cannot comprehend. Matt 26:37-38 He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.
David: But in 1 Sam 30:6-7 we read - “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” “So David inquired of the Lord”
David’s fears and anxieties were replaced with strength and confidence when he was deliberate in his communion with and inquiring of the Lord. David made a deliberate action of engaging with God for the sole purpose vanquishing fear.
The result was victory over his fear and anxiety, pursuing the Amalekites, defeating them, and recovering his family. Therefore, our communion with God must be DELIBERATE.
Matt 26:39 we read: He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed
Matt 26:42 A gain, a second time, He went away and prayed
Matt 26: He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time
Three times Jesus went to the father crying with honesty about his anxiety, yet each time being given a heart of confidence and strength to say, “yet not as I will, by Your will.” The result was victory over sin, death and gaining the redemption of all humanity. Therefore, our communion with the Lord must be CONSISTENT, and HONEST .
Do you struggle with being honest with God – why?
Do you fear being honest with others when you are empty?
FOR YOUR KIDS
Get to Know Your Kids
1. What superpowers do you want to have?
2. If you suddenly had the power to become invisible just for
a day, what would you do?
- Is the feeling of fear and worry normal? (Yes)
- In today’s lesson, which two men had these feelings?
(David and Jesus)
- Who did they turn to for strength and peace? (God)
- Can we be honest when we talk to God? (Yes)
Take time to pray with your kids.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Whoever wins best out of 3 gets a cookie! (Or whatever treat in your pantry) Feel free to share the cookie if you the parent wins.
Wow great devotional this morning!! My wife works for CV PD so she sees firsthand the craziness with this pandemic.. I am trying to be strong for her when she gets home from work even though I have been stressed also.. this devotional has shown me I not only need to trust God more but need to be real with my wife... and we can seek the lord together... and be real with him because he has experienced it himself... thanks and God Bless!!!! Dell