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I’m Determined NOT To Be a Barzillai–2 Samuel 19:34-35

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 19:31 through 20:26; Psalm 7; 2 Samuel 21: 1-22; 1 Chronicles 20: 4-8

Today I got a glimpse into my future and it wasn’t pretty!  My Grandma is 96 years old and my Mom turns 78 today (Happy Birthday Mama!).  I definitely want to follow in their footsteps and have a long earthly life, God willing, but after today a long life doesn’t sound like a whole lotta fun!

At the beginning of today’s reading David is again showing kindness to someone who helped him out in the past.  Barzillai of Gilead had provided food for the king during his stay in Mahanaim.

David wanted Barzillai to cross the Jordan River and go with him to Jerusalem.  David’s plans were to take care of him for the rest of his life.  This is just one more example of the heart of David.

I don’t know if Barzillai was just a negative person or if his comments are in the Bible to prepare us for old age.  Let’s read it together and see what we think…

Here’s Barzillai’s response to David’s invitation:

“No,” he replied, “I am far too old to go with the king to Jerusalem.  I am eighty years old today, and I can no longer enjoy anything.  Food and wine are no longer tasty, and I cannot hear the singers as they sing.  I would only be a burden to my lord the king.”  –2 Samuel 19:34-35

Can I say—DEPRESSING?

The more I have thought about this, the more I think Barzillai was just a “glass-half-empty” kinda guy!  Think about it, Barzillai had the opportunity to be taken care of by the King of Israel.

Who knows God may have wanted Barzillai to be one of David’s advisors?

Who knows Barzillai could have been created by God for such a time as this to provide words of wisdom at just the right time. But Barzillai thought he was too old.  So guess what; if he thought he was too old…he was too old.

I don’t want to be like Barzillai.  Yes, I know I’m going to have aches and pains as I get older.  What am I talking about about—I already have aches and pains!  But I want to serve the Lord with Gladness all the days of my life.

Here’s a verse that would have helped Barzillai and it should be on our refrigerator as well.  I’m quoting the King James Version because that’s what I memorized:

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.   —Proverbs 6:2

Father, help us to watch what we say.  Our words become self-fulfilling prophesies for our lives. Lord, help us to be ready and willing to serve you until to promote us to heaven!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

Determined NOT to be a Barzillai!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

This Week-end’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 19:31 through 20:26; Psalm 7; Psalm 63; 2 Samuel 18:1 through 19:30

Lord, Have Mercy on Our Wayward Children–2 Samuel 18:5

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 17: 15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18: 1 through 19:30

My heart breaks for King David.

His son

not his friend

not a co-worker

but

his son—flesh of his flesh and blood of his blood betrayed him and was trying to kill him.

I had my share of trials when my kids were teenagers. At some point I probably “thought” I was going to die but my life was a walk in the park compared to David and it’s was a walk in the park compared to what some of you are dealing with today.

David was running for his life from his own son; hiding like an animal pursued by a hunter.

I know that most of us aren’t hiding in caves to keep from being killed by one of our children.  But I do know there are parents out there who didn’t get a good night’s sleep last night because of one of their children.

And yes, for all you young parents, that instinct to protect your children from life’s hard knocks is still there when your kids are adults.

And yes, when someone just “seems” to be treating your adult child poorly, you come unglued and want “to hurt somebody!”

When King David heard the news of Absalom’s death he took his King hat off and began to grieve like a parent.

The King was overcome with emotion.  He went up to the room over the gateway and burst into tears.  And as he went, he cried, “O my son Absalom!  My son, my son Absalom!  If only I had died instead of you!  O Absalom, my son, my son.   –2 Samuel 18: 33

I have many friends who are walking with God on a road they never wanted to travel with one of their children.  Like David, this was NOT the way you planned it.  Whether it’s teenage rebellion, a gay or lesbian lifestyle, an addiction, divorce, criminal conviction, financial irresponsibility, teenage pregnancy, or a host of other issues.

I’m sure you can relate to David when he said to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, For my sake, deal gently with young Absalom.  –2 Samuel 18:5

As parents, we have pleaded and begged for mercy for our wayward children, just like David.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep going; to even keep praying.  What do we do when it seems no mercy is coming?

We keep asking!

Father, I pray for my friends who are going through a heart-breaking time with their “Absalom” child.  Holy Spirit comfort them as only you can comfort.  I join them is asking for mercy on their child’s behalf.  I pray that today is a day of miracles for those wayward children. Bring them home like the prodigal son.  Help those children to “come to themselves” and run to you Jesus!   Give these parents strength for today and hope for tomorrow!  Heavenly Father, we trust you with our children!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!  Let it be so Lord!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 19:31 through 20:26; Psalm 7; 2 Samuel 21: 1-22;1 Chronicles 20: 4-8

Do You Have a Spirit of Absalom? 2 Samuel 15:32-38

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14

Today’s reading is not just another day in the life of David and his dysfunctional family.

The story of Absalom is a story that stands as a warning to all of us.  For every leader in any organization there are usually one or two subordinates or under-leaders who think they could do a better job than their leader.

Absalom…

  • bought a chariot and horses
  • Hired 50 bodyguards
  • Got up early and went to the gate of the city
  • Told people that David didn’t have anyone to hear their case
  • “Appeared” to be humble
  • Stole the hearts of the people
  • Had time for them
  • Stirred up a rebellion against his father, King David

He literally devised a plan to steal the kingdom from his father David.

What happened to Absalom to cause him to betray his own father?

  • Offense
  • Hatred
  • Unforgiveness
  • Bitterness

Have you ever been deceived by an Absalom?

It has happened to me.

While suffering at the hand of an Absalom is a tough pill to swallow, there is something worse—being an Absalom.

The next time you find yourself working in a team atmosphere where there’s an appointed leader, watch your self-talk (the thoughts that are going through your head).

Are you thinking things like…

  • This person isn’t that great of a leader
  • This person is insensitive to the needs of the people
  • I could do a much better job leading this team

Let’s go one step further; what are you saying to the other folks on your team or in your organization?

Does it sound anything like Absalom’s words in 2 Samuel 15: 32-38?

  • You really have a strong case here
  • It’s too bad the King doesn’t have anyone to hear it
  • I wish I were the judge
  • Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgement
  • I would give them real justice

Someone with an Absalom spirit is the under-leader with hidden agendas who eventually draws away disciples unto himself. An “Absalom” is the wolf in sheep’s clothing who steals sheep for his own gain.

This “spirit of Absalom” is rooted in pride.

I can’t believe how a five-letter word:  P-R-I-D-E can cause so many problems.  There is so much deception going on in this type of situation, but the person who is deceived the most is the “Absalom.”  He or she thinks their heart is right.

Friends, let’s make a commitment to check our motives daily.

Why are we saying what we’re saying?

Are we trying to elevate ourselves and put someone else down?

One of Satan’s greatest tools is the spirit of offense which he uses to breed disloyalty and rebellion.

Here’s a great motto to write on the walls of our hearts:

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.  –Author unknown

Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit who shines a light in the crooks and corners of my heart!  Help me to always repent quickly and turn from my sins.

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 17: 15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18: 1 through 19:30

Is It Satan or The Law of Sowing and Reaping? 2 Samuel 12:11-12

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 12: 26-31; 1 Chronicles 20: 2-3; 2 Samuel 13: 1 through 14:33

In yesterday’s reading Nathan spoke for the Lord and confronted David of his sin of murdering Uriah and sleeping with Uriah’s wife.  As we discussed yesterday David was sincerely repentant.

The Lord immediately forgave him

but

there were consequences to his actions that would go on throughout his life and into the next generation:

  • The child that he fathered with Bathsheba died
  • From that day forward David’s family would live by the sword
  • David’s household would rebel against him
  • David’s wives would be given to another man before his very eyes and he will go to bed with them in public view
  • All these things would become public knowledge

As we move into today’s reading we begin to see these things come to pass.

I found an interesting article that helped me to understand how these hard things could happen to someone who was forgiven and set a part for God’s service.

Here is an excerpt from The Law of Sowing and Reaping  by Don Rousu:

In the Book of Genesis we find the expression of a seed principle that runs throughout the scriptures, and a principle that will endure as long as the earth. Chapter 8, verse 22 reads, “As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” In other words, seed-time and harvest, that is “sowing and reaping”, will be as unchangeable and predictable as day and night.

Sowing and reaping is a law, like the law of gravity. The law of gravity always works the same way for everyone. So does the law of sowing and reaping. It’s a fixed principle that God built into his creation. In Galatians 6:7, we are told, “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

Essentially, this means that every action has a predictable consequence. If I sow corn, I’ll get corn, not potatoes. If I sow radishes, I’ll get radishes, not squash… It also works the same way in the spiritual realm. If I sow (give away) life to others, I will reap life myself.  If I sow provision for others, I will reap provision for myself. If I sow forgiveness toward others, I’ll reap forgiveness for myself…

If I sow hate for others, I will reap hate from for myself.*

If I sow unforgiveness toward others, I’ll reap unforgiveness for myself.*

*Dianne added

Today the rebellion of David’s household begins:

  • The tragic rape of Tamar
  • David becomes angry but does nothing to address this family sin
  • Absalom determines to kill Amnon and conceals his intentions for two years
  • Absalom begs his father David to attend a feast at his house but for some reason he refuses
  • Amnon goes in David’s place; Absalom’s servants kill Amnon
  • David refuses to see his son for two years
  • Absalom forces Joab to intercede, and David welcomes Absalom home

There have been many times I tried to pray the Satan, the enemy of my soul out of my life, when in reality  I was reaping what I had sown.

Here are a few examples that come to mind:

  • Financial problems-trying to live beyond my means
  • Health Issues-Not treating my body as the temple of God
  • Scheduling Issues- Over-committing and wondering why I can’t get it all done
  • Bitterness-Lack of Forgiveness that was sucking the life out of me

I know that there are times God makes an exception and minimizes the reaping process but many times He does not.

As I look back on my life I may have made the same mistakes again if I had not had to do some reaping!

Heavenly Father, I don’t want to reap tough times and tough situations.  Help me to sow good things into my life and the lives of others.  Lord, when I make a mistake and sow the wrong thing, help me to learn from my mistakes and move through the reaping as quickly as possible.

In Jesus’ Name!  Amen and Amen!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14

Who Am I? 2 Samuel 7:18


Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-17; 1 Chronicles 17:1-15; 2 Samuel 7:18-29; 1 Chronicles 17:16-27; 2 Samuel 8:1-14; 1 Chronicles 18:1-13; Psalm 60

You’ve just been notified that you have been appointed to a position that few will ever attain. What is your first thought?

“It’s about time!”

“I deserve it!”

“I’ve worked my whole life for this!”

Here’s what David said when Nathan told him that God had said that his kingdom and throne would be secure forever (2 Samuel 7:16).

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?

And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?

“What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord. 

Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant.

“How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!  —2 Samuel 7:18-22

A couple of weeks ago I sat in our Easter service remembering all that Jesus went through. The inhuman beating, agonizing walk to the cross, and undeserving death it seemed more real to me than I can remember in past years.  Like David, I found myself asking the Lord, “Who Am I that You would suffer and die for?”  “Lord, that was just too much to go through.” “I wasn’t worth it.”

The words to the Casting Crowns’ song, Who Am I answered this question for me:
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And You told me who I am…

I am Yours

Thank You Lord for dying for me!

Yours…

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion:  2 Samuel 8:15-18; 1 Chronicles 18:14-17; 1 Chronicles 6:16-30; 50-53; 31-48; 2 Samuel 9:1-10:19; 1 Chronicles 19:1-19

Do You Read Directions?

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5: 1-3, 1 Chronicles 11: 1-3,1 Chronicles 12: 23-40, 2 Samuel 5: 17-25, 1 Chronicles 14:8-17, 2 Samuel 5: 6-10, 1 Chronicles 11: 4-9,1 Chronicles 3: 4b, 2 Samuel 5:13, 4:5, 11:12, 1 Chronicles 14: 1-2, 1 Chronicles 13: 1-5, 2 Samuel 6:  1-11, 1 Chronicles 13: 6-14

David began making plans to move the ark.  He consulted his officials, including generals and captains of his army–everyone, except the Lord his God.

If you look in the first part of today’s reading, each time David went to battle he asked the Lord if he would have success.

But

he did not ask God or the Levites about transporting the Ark.

If David had asked he would have known that God gave strict instructions in His Law for transporting the Ark, found in Numbers 4:4, 15, 17-20:

This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of meeting, relating to the most holy things: . . . And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These are the things in the tabernacle of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry. . . . Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: “Do not cut off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites; but do this in regard to them, that they may live and not die when they approach the most holy things; Aaron and his sons shall go in and appoint each of them to his service and his task. But they shall not go in to watch while the holy things are being covered, lest they die.

As I look back in the previous chapters I wonder if this could be a clue about why David didn’t ask anyone for instructions to transport the Ark?

And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.  –2 Samuel 5:10

Was David feeling so powerful that he thought it wasn’t necessary to consult the Lord?

I don’t know, but power is probably the biggest heart test.  Give a person an extra dose of power and you’ll see what their made of.

There are two kinds of people, when it comes to starting a project; the ones who read the directions and the ones who don’t.

Have you ever skipped the directions and then kicked yourself because of the extra time or money that resulted from feeling you could do it without any help?

David’s mistake costs someone’s life.

Father, help us to know where our power comes from and to look to You to know how to use it.  Holy Spirit, give us a desire for Your instructions.  Help us to seek You before we begin each day to hear Your instructions for the day.

In Jesus Names. Amen and Amen!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 6:12a, 1 Chronicles 15: 1-28, 2 Samuel 6:12b-16, 1 Chronicles 15:29, 2 Samuel 6: 17-19a, 1 Chronicles 16: 1-43, 2 Samuel 6: 19b-23

Are Your Assumptions Completely Wrong?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 3:6 through 2 Samuel 4:12

  • The Amalekite man assumed David would be happy Saul was dead (2 Samuel 1: 1-16)
  • Joab assumed David would approve of his revenging his brother Asahel’s death by killing Abner (2 Samuel 3: 22-30)
  • Recab and Baanah assumed David would be pleased when they brought him the head of Ishbosheth, Saul’s son after they killed him while he slept in his bed (2 Samuel 4: 1-3)

I have to remind myself as I read the scriptures each day that the people we’re reading about didn’t know what we know. We are reading their story!  This is history to us but for them they were making decisions in the present!

It seems they were most clueless about was David’s heart.  They assumed David wrote funeral songs for Saul and Abner and mourned them for days to win the favor of men.  But David’s heart was genuinely grieved.

All of these guys assumed and it ultimately cost them their lives.

I wonder how many times in today’s world our assumptions are completely wrong?

  • We assume God doesn’t really know everything we do and think
  • We assume we will have plenty of time to ask for forgiveness
  • We assume God’s okay with a little white lie

Just like these men were clueless about David’s heart, we are clueless about the heart of the living, all-knowing God of the Universe.

The best way to keep from assuming is to ask and don’t do anything until you get an answer.

Dear Heavenly Father, there is one thing I can assume…You love me with an everlasting love and your desire is for me to know Your Son as my personal savior.  Help me to never assume I can know what You are thinking–Your ways are not my ways.  Help me to remember to go to Your Word and pray when I am tempted to assume.

In the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen and Amen!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 5: 1-3, 1 Chronicles 11: 1-3,1 Chronicles 12: 23-40,2 Samuel 5: 17-25, 1 Chronicles 14:8-17, 2 Samuel 5: 6-10, 1 Chronicles 11: 4-9, 1 Chronicles 3: 4b, 2 Samuel 5:13, 4:5,11:12, 1 Chronicles 14: 1-2, 1 Chronicles 13: 1-5, 2 Samuel 6:  1-11,1 Chronicles 13: 6-14

Will This Be Your Biggest Regret? 2 Samuel 23: 20-21

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a, 2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47

There was only one King David.

In most of our lifetimes God will not call us to a leadership role as visible as this “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:13-14).

But

He has called us to something.

Benaiah was one of those people who was determined to give his best to his calling. He was determined to pursue rather than be pursued.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel was a vigorous man who accomplished a great deal. He once killed two lion cubs in Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion. Another time he killed a formidable Egyptian. The Egyptian was armed with a spear and Benaiah went against him with nothing but a walking stick; he seized the spear from his grip and killed him with his own spear.      

 –2 Samuel 23:20-21 (The Message)

I never noticed Benaiah in my Bible reading until I read a book called, In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.

I want to be a lion chaser like Benaiah.  I want to take the things in life that have the capacity to destroy me and use them for God’s Glory.

What are the lions in your life?

As Mark said in his book:

What if the life you really want is hiding behind your biggest problem?  Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.

Before Benaiah could face the lion he had to face something bigger—his fears.

What fears are holding you back?

Here are the first three that come to mind:

  • The fear of failure
  • The fear of success
  • The fear of rejection

These fears may be your lions.  Let’s get out of the defensive mode and move to the offense—go after them, even it you have to chase them into a pit on a snowy day.

What are you waiting for?

Become a lion chaser!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:   2 Samuel 3: 6 through 2 Samuel 4: 12

4-Steps to Better Crisis Management–1Samuel 30:6-9

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 30: 1-31, 1 Chronicles 12: 20-22, 1 Samuel 31: 1-13, 1 Chronicles 10: 1-14, 1 Chronicles 9: 40-44, 2 Samuel 4: 4, 2 Samuel 1: 1-27

Have you ever had something happen in your life that caused you to “weep until you could weep no more?”

When David and his men arrived home and found their city crushed and burned to the ground and their wives and children carried off, “they wept until they could weep not more.”

In one sense David was just like them, he had lost everything he loved, but in another he was the leader and everyone looked to him to fix it.  So when David thinks it can’t get any worse—it does.  He hears his men talking of stoning him.  He’s hurting as bad as they are, but somehow it’s his fault.

Folks we’re reading real life here.

This happens…

in the workplace

with friends

in families

I hate to say this…it happens in the church.

We get hurt and we play the blame game.

Yes, part of the responsibility and burden of being a leader is  taking charge in a crisis, but wouldn’t it have been great if David’s men would have brought him into the group and grieved with him rather than putting a target on his back as the cause of the problem.

Once again, David leads by example and gives us a model to follow on those days when we’ve “wept until we can’t weep anymore.”

How was David able to deal with his own grief, compose himself and develop a plan to get their families back?

He found strength in the Lord his God.

Oh, that we could follow the plan David laid out for us in today’s scriptures:

  1. David found strength in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6b)
  2. David asked the Lord for guidance (1 Samuel 30:7)
  3. David waited to hear from God
  4. David led his men as they carried out the plan that the Lord had blessed (1 Samuel 30:9)

The order is really important! Complete one step before moving to the next one.

I don’t know about you, but when there is a crisis that needs some kind of action I usually get the news, jump in the car and pray on the way to ask God to bless what I’ve already decided to do!

What I should do is  S-T-O-P and follow David’s example.

Prayer is the most important thing we can do, but waiting for His answer is just as important.

Father God, I need your strength and your direction! Help me to follow David’s plan when the next crisis arrives.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a, 2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47

Have You Ever Been Betrayed?

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1 through 21:15, Psalm 34

Today’s reading is a great example of the beauty of the Chronological Bible. Samuel narrates the story and Psalms 34 tells us what David was feeling. It makes much more sense when we read them together.

Before I read the Bible chronologically I thought David was sitting out in some beautiful pasture with angels singing as he wrote the Psalms, but that could not have been further from the truth. Let’s try to imagine how this really took place…

In a matter of a couple of days David’s best friend Jonathan had confirmed his father Saul’s intention to kill David, he had said goodbye to that best friend, in desperation for food he ate the Holy Bread from the Tabernacle, and he pretended to be insane to save his life! Oh, and he writes a Psalm…

I’m sure when he wrote it he never thought it would be a part of the Holy Scriptures. David found the strength and energy to write his feelings  following this trying ordeal because the Holy Spirit anointed him.  Sharing his feelings with the Lord was a common practice for him. Singing and/or writing was the way he worshiped and communicated with God.

I encourage you to read Psalm 34 out loud. It is so powerful! David is reminding himself of the goodness and faithfulness of his God.

Have you ever had a talk with yourself?

David did.

He was hurt and offended by Saul’s change of heart toward him, but he knew what was right. Let’s look at what he says:

Does anyone want to live a long life? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. –Psalm 34:12-14

Many years ago I was deeply hurt by the betrayal of a friend. Through a business relationship I was forced to interact with her publically a couple of times a month. I would literally become ill after these encounters. One night after one of these stressful times I came home and prayed and asked God what I needed to do.

Yes, I was in the process of forgiving her.

I wanted to forgive.

I was working on it,

but

every time I saw her all the hurt would come flooding back.

I felt God spoke to me and said, “I want you to handle her like David did Saul.”

“What does that mean?”

I went to the scriptures and studied David and Saul’s relationship. It was the most amazing thing. The Bible was written over 2000 years ago and it was completely relevant for my situation—how could that be?

Dianne, you are to do two things:

  • Do not speak evil against her
  • Stay away from her

This was liberating for me. I thought if I had forgiven I should be able to be around her without feeling the pain. The Lord told me that day to stay away so I could heal. It was a life changing day for me.

As we continue to study the life of David, we will be more amazed at the respect David showed Saul, but he definitely did his best to stay away from him.

Have you every been betrayed? How did you handle it?

Thanking God for You!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 22: 1-2, Psalm 57, Psalm 142, 1 Chronicles 12:8-18, 1 Samuel 22:3-23, Psalm 52, 1 Samuel 23:1-12

 
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