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(282) 9 October : Proverbs 17v12 / 1 Samuel 25-26 / Psalm 67v6-7

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
Twice judgement for rejecting David is left to the LORD. First, David almost destroys Abigail's husband but she turns him from it. Her husband then dies by God's hand. Second, David refuses yet again to kill Saul, leaving his future instead to God (26v10). As the perfect king Jesus never even comes close to destroying his enemies, even washing the feet of Judas. He is able to patiently await the day of judgment when all things are to be brought to account. Paul applies the same point to Christians (Rom 12v18-19). When people treat us badly or oppose us because we belong to Christ, we can seek to be at peace with them and not seek revenge, because we know that on the day of Christ every deed will recieve what it deserves. "Vengeance is the Lord's." As you read note how David shows restraint.
1 Samuel 25-26

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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