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Lord, Help Me To Be Willing To Look Foolish–2 Samuel 6:22

Today’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

Heavenly Father, let me just go ahead and admit it–I don’t like looking foolish.  I never have. Because of this I’ve missed out on a lot of fun in my life. So needless to say, I’ve never been the life of the party!

Missing out on fun with my friends pales in comparison to missing out on the best You have for me, so Lord help me to lose my inhibitions like David:

When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”

David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. 

Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life. —2 Samuel 6:20-23

Lord, You deserve all my praise, all my worship; the best I have to offer.  You chose me.  You appointed me, just like David.

Jesus, help me to never give the events of this world (ball games, concerts, political rallies) more uninhibited, enthusiastic participation than my times of worship, praise and service to You.

Lord, sometimes looking foolish means stepping out and telling someone about You.  Give me the courage to do this for Your Kingdom’s sake and that person’s eternal destiny.

Lord, I want to be willing to look foolish for You and Your Kingdom!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’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

God, You Did It! 1 Chronicles 14:11


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

Heavenly Father, why are we always so amazed when You do what You said You were going to do?

So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). –1 Chronicles 14:11

… I think David was most amazed by the fact that You used him, a simple shepherd,  to carry out Your will.  You could have picked anyone and You chose him!

Lord, I am with David.  I stand amazed that you choose to use me to speak and teach Your Word. It’s not that I doubt Your power and ability, it’s that I’m so acquainted with my own inabilities and shortcomings.

Lord, help me to remember that the possibilities for my life are endless as long as You are in control.  Jesus, help me to think big because You are big!

Lord, use me to change the world for Your Glory and Your Honor!

 

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, 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

Lord, Protect Me from Human Schemes—1 Samuel 26:17-19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-27:7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56

Heavenly Father, I’ve read David and Saul’s story many times. I’m always amazed. David’s complete reliance on You to get Your will accomplished in his life almost seems superhuman, but it wasn’t. David was just a man, but he was a man who knew he had been called by You, the God who made him for a distinct purpose. I think David was always mindful of where he came from; a sheep pasture on a hill in the middle of no-where. He believed that if YOU wanted him to be king YOU would make it happen. There was no scheming on his part but he knew that may not be the case with everyone.

Saul recognized David’s voice and called out, “Is that you, my son David?”

And David replied, “Yes, my lord the king. Why are you chasing me? What have I done? What is my crime?  But now let my lord the king listen to his servant. If the Lord has stirred you up against me, then let him accept my offering. But if this is simply a human scheme, then may those involved be cursed by the Lord. For they have driven me from my home, so I can no longer live among the Lord’s people, and they have said, ‘Go, worship pagan gods.’  —1 Samuel 26:17-19

Lord, in today’s world it’s hard to know what to believe. Greed, manipulation, half-truths, and un-truths being sold as absolute truths through the media, government, and even in Christian organizations and churches. Nothing is worse than humans using Your Word to manipulate others.

Jesus, I say with David, Lord, if You are stirring things up in the world or just in MY little world, so be it. Let me learn from it and grow from it but if these are simply human schemes, protect me. Give me supernatural discernment and peace that You are in control. I will trust You take care of the situation.

Lord, I trust You to fight my battles for me.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’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

Lord, Help Me to Be a Leader Who Waits–1 Samuel 13:7-14

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:35-39; 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 19-23, 6-18; 1 Samuel 14:1-52

Heavenly Father, leaders can really be impatient.  We want the world and You to operate  in our timeframe.  Saul was definitely an impatient leader:

Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away.  So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.

Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?”

Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”

“How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:7-14

Father, from Saul’s example we see that there are things You may have for us to do that requiring waiting. Help us to wait as long as it takes. Help us to see waiting as a privilege.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-17:31

Lord, What am I Hiding? Joshua 7:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1; 1 Chronicles 2:7; Joshua 7:2-9:27

Heavenly Father, as I read the story of Achan I immediately thought of my own life, my own heart…

What am I trying to hide away for myself that it Yours and Yours alone?

“Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you.” —Joshua 7:13

Lord, show me the things in my life that You want set apart for You and Your service.  Some possibilities that come to mind:

  • My body
  • My talents and abilities
  • My time
  • My days on this earth
  • My tithe

Holy Spirit, teach me.  I do not want to hoard the things that You want set a part for Your service.  Lord, forgive and have mercy on me when I make a mistake.  Make me like you Jesus.

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 10:1-12:6

Lord, Help Me to “Get Up and Resume the Journey” –Deuteronomy 10:11

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32

Heavenly Father, sometimes I want to quit.

S-o-m-e-t-i-m-e-s…

  • My goals seem impossible
  • I doubt my calling
  • I’m just plain tired
  • I don’t feel capable
  • I don’t feel worthy

But,

The words Moses spoke to the Israelites keep ringing in my ears:

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’ —Deuteronomy 10:11

When you spoke those words to Moses, he was at the height of his frustrations with the Israelites.  Aaron had just led them in the design and worship of the golden calf.  Lord, help me to remember that my frustrations, lack of understanding, doubts or fatigue does not change Your plans for my life.

Jesus, give me a renewed enthusiasm to resume the journey. Lord, lead me so I can lead others.  Help me to take possession of the Promised Land of goals and dreams You have for my life.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-16:17

Lord, Help Me to Accept Responsibility for My Mistakes–Deuteronomy 1:37


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses was reviewing the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. I was confused my Moses statement:

And the Lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land!” —Deuteronomy 1:37

It seemed that Moses was blaming Your decision for him to NOT enter the Promised Land on the Israelites. When I read the original journey in Numbers it definitely seemed like Moses fault to me:

So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord.  Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?”  Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”  This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them. –Numbers 20:9-13

Lord, I realize there may be more to this than I understand, but to me it seems like Moses was saying to the Israelites, “It’s your fault I got so mad.”  “It’s your fault I didn’t demonstrate God’s holiness.”

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ACTIONS!

Lord, forgive me for the times in my life I’ve blamed other people for my mistakes.  Help me to accept responsibility for my mistakes. Holy Spirit, remind me of the lessons learned from these mistakes.  Use my mistakes for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33

Lord, Help Me Finish Well–Numbers 31:1-2

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 30:1-31:54

Heavenly Father, as I read Your instructions to Moses the words, “Finish well” came to mind.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “On behalf of the people of Israel, take revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors.” —Numbers 31:1-2

Lord, this was Moses’ last assignment before leaving this earth.

I wonder how he felt?

What was he thinking?

  • I’m tired of this job, why do I have to do this?
  • I’m retiring, what do I care if these people win or lose?
  • These people have been driving me crazy for 40 years I think I’m going to tell everybody what I “really” think of them!

Lord, I’ve seen this scenario played out too many times in the corporate world and the church world–in the last two weeks of a person’s career they ruin their reputation and cause people to say, “Thank God they’re gone!”

Jesus, help us to realize our job is to make our last days our best days.  Paul made it very clear:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. —2 Timothy 4:7-8

Lord, whether we’re working for  ourselves, a small or large company, or a church or community organization; whether we’re a volunteer or getting a salary, help us to realize finishing well is one of the ways we worship You.  It’s a way to show the world we’re different.

Lord, help us to apply this to our whole life as well. Help us to continue to serve You and cause others to Know You More, all the days of our lives!

Father, I’m sure Moses heard these words from You.  I pray that we will as well.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. –Matthew 25:21

Holy Spirit, strengthen us at the end of our race.  Give us the determination to finish well for the Glory of God.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 32:1-33:56

Lord, Help Me to Respect Your Leaders–Numbers 16:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32

Heavenly Father, as I read the rebellious words that Korah, the Levite and his friends from the tribe of Reuben spoke to Moses and Aaron I cringed at their nerve.

They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?” —Numbers 16:3

Lord, are Your people guilty of rebellion against Your chosen leaders in today’s world?

I’m afraid so.  It’s so easy to read this story and think, “How dumb can you get?”  “Who in their right mind would question Moses and Aaron’s special anointing?”

But don’t we do the same things Sunday after Sunday. On the drive home for church or over lunch we pick apart our pastor’s…

  • Message
  • Delivery
  • Choice of clothing
  • Hair style
  • Length of sermon

Lord, help us to understand that when we criticize our spiritual leaders we’re really criticizing You.

Moses said to Korah: The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! —Numbers 16:11

God, help us to realize how much You despise disrespect of Your chosen ones.

He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel. —Numbers 16:31-33

Holy Spirit, show us our areas of rebellion. Convict us when we gossip, complain, and act in ways that aren’t pleasing to You.  Stirring up trouble and sowing discord are definitely sinful acts.

Lord, forgive us and help us to repent and change our ways.

Lord, help us to realize respecting our spiritual leaders is respecting You and that Your leaders are accountable to You and You will deal with them.

We trust Your judgment Lord.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’ Scripture Reading: Numbers 19:1-21:35

Lord, Forgive Me When I Whine–Numbers 11:10

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:1-13:33

Heavenly Father, sometimes I whine and complain; just like the Israelites.  Please forgive me.  I know You see my whining as a lack of trust.  EVERY TIME I gripe, complain and whine about my circumstances, You hear it and you are offended by it.

Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. —Numbers 11:10

Lord, I know it’s okay to talk to You about anything that concerns me.  Moses came before You voiced his frustrations about the Israelites and sometimes You voiced Your complaints as well (Exodus 32:7-9).

But it seems that it’s the whining about…

  • Your will
  • Your provision
  • Your plans
  • Your ways

…to other people, that is displeasing to You.

It’s like we’re advertising our lack of trust.  It’s definitely not a way to reach the lost and hurting of the world. I sort of like gossiping or talk about You rather than to You.

Holy Spirit, convict me of my whining, gossiping and complaining.  Remind me to go to Jesus when I don’t understand.  Change my heart oh Lord!  Give me a heart that trusts You!  Make me like You, Jesus!

In Your Holy Name!  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:1-15:41

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