Bible Study & Devotional 355
Guiding Scripture: Psalm 140:4, “Keep me safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.”
Cross Reference: Psalm 118:13, “I was pushed so hard I was falling, but the LORD helped me.”
🔴 This Means War?!
written by: Torrie Slaughter
Reading today’s passages didn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling. Add to that all the books and holiday movies about ‘surviving’ Christmas with family, LOL I’m not ok. While I giggled at the onslaught of warnings and behavior guides to escape the holiday season unscathed, I must admit there is a heavy commercial truth.
We invest emotionally.
If one has not placed confidence in God, the wicked schemes are temporarily successful. Of course, there is no shortage of grief, disappointment, and hurt, but that is why God wants to bear our burdens. He knows our thoughts, and He understands our limitations.
I hope that as you prepare for Christmas, you are acutely aware of the enemy; he has one function, to kill, steal, and destroy. Just as Psalm 140 reminds us of the attacks, it also encourages us to trust God.
We are familiar with the adversary’s plans, and they rarely change. Let us use King David’s example and take our burdens to the Lord. (Psalm 140:7-13)
Before you react, ask God:
- to cause the plans of the wicked to fail.
- for help against those who surround you with hostile intent.
- not to establish power for malicious slanders.
- help the afflicted.
David laid out his worries and anxieties before the Lord as he emotionally experienced real wartime attacks. And we can take this same approach. King David wanted God to have the glory. I hope we can all take our issues to the Lord in prayer, lament, and seek His wisdom. I pray we all wisely approach conversations and navigate situations with greater understanding. We are not fighting the individuals we can see; we battle and claim victory over the unseen.
Prayer: Lord, we give you praise. Thank you for your faithfulness. Please help us grow in understanding and respond in a godly manner no matter the situation. Father, we worship you in truth and love. Amen.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Zechariah 1:1-21, Revelation 12:1-17, Psalm 140:1-13, Proverbs 30:17
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.