Bible Study & Devotional
Written by: Torrie Slaughter
Guiding Scriptures: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.
2 Samuel 1:14 ‘David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?”
John 12:43 ‘for they loved human praise more than praise from God. ‘
“Loss of control is always the source of fear; it is also, however, always the source of change.” Jams Frey
Things change, and we choose how to react. Last year I had a plan, but it wasn’t the right time to execute all of it. The Pandemic became the focus of a common enemy at first but quickly divided people.
Unity. That was missing from the solution.
There is a way that appears rational, and it’s simple to follow a plan that would please a distinct group of people. However, we must consider the bigger picture, which includes prayer and asking God to direct us.
In 2 Samuel 2:9, we read that Abner, Saul’s cousin and commander of his army, made Ish-bosheth king over Manhenaim (Genesis 32:2). Abner believed keeping Saul’s dynasty intact was the right thing to do.
The man who claimed to kill King Saul (1 Samuel 31:4) once he discovered the dead body took credit (2 Samuel 1:10) and reported to David. He assumed it was the right thing to do.
The religious leaders (John 12:42) who believed in Jesus the Messiah did not openly acknowledge their faith. They feared being put out of the synagogue and loved the praises from people. These leaders thought it was the right thing to do.
Our choices are clearer when we consider the source. Seeking God’s direction is a sure way of achieving a favorable outcome and glorify our Father. To do what is right in our eyes will divide and destroy.
As you read today’s passages, think about how your decisions create a ripple effect. Is it time to ask Jesus to help you turn the tide and accept responsibility?
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalm 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28
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