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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, August 22, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
David did not continue to dwell on his sin. He returned to God, and God forgave him, opening the way to begin life anew. Even the name God gave Solomon, Jedidiah (“beloved of the Lord”) was a reminder of God’s grace. When we return to God, accept his forgiveness, and change our ways, he gives us a fresh start. To feel forgiven as David did, admit your sins to God and turn to him. Then move ahead with a new and fresh approach to life. (NLT)
2 Samuel 12:15-23 – After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord made Bathsheba’s baby deathly ill. David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. The leaders of the nation pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. Then on the seventh day the baby died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He was so broken up about the baby being sick,” they said. “What will he do to himself when we tell him the child is dead?”
But when David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the baby dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied. Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. Then he went to the Tabernacle and worship0ed the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and ate. His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the baby was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the baby is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.”
David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. –Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
Rhoda Gowarto Manzo (Nigeria) titled her story “GOD ANSWERS PRAYER;” here is a portion of Rhoda’s story:
“When my husband was critically ill, I prayed and fasted, asking God to heal him; but my husband died. At that moment I could not understand why God did not answer my prayer. . . .
“God answers prayer but not always in the way we want or expect. . . . God did not heal David’s child or my husband, but God did remain present.
“Losing a loved one is painful, but we can learn to move forward. . . . When we draw on God’s grace day by day and allow God to heal our wounded soul, life will go on, and God will always be there for us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Life goes on, and God goes with us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, comfort us when we grieve and give us grace to move forward, knowing you will be with us. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/