Our Daily Bread Devotional

Our Daily Bread 2 July 2021 Devotional

Our Daily Bread 2 July 2021 Devotional

Our Daily Bread 2 July 2021 Devotional

Our Daily Bread 2 July 2021 Devotional

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Our Daily Bread 2 July 2021 Today – Choosing To Honor God written by Jennifer Benson Schuldt

TOPIC: CHOOSING TO HONOR GOD

Bible in a Year: Job 22–24; Acts 11

Key Verse: “To the faithful, you show yourself faithful.” – Psalm 18:25

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 18:20–27

MESSAGE

The superscription of Psalm 18 tells us that David “sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies.” David was considered a “man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). Because of this, God had promised David (through the prophet Nathan): “I will never take my love away from [David] . . . I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever” (1 Chronicle 17:13–14).

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David would always have a descendant on the throne, and from his family line came Jesus (Acts 13:23). Yet David committed adultery and had a man killed. Why would God esteem such a flawed man? It was because David had absolute faith in God, evidenced in his victory over Goliath (1 Samuel 17). He loved the Scriptures (Psalm 119:47), and when he sinned, he repented and sought God’s forgiveness (2 Samuel 11:13; Psalm 51). By: Alyson Kieda

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In the novella Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy, the main characters Sergey and Masha meet when Masha is young and impressionable. Sergey is an older, well-travelled businessman who understands the world beyond the rural setting where Masha lives. Over time, the two fall in love and marry. They settle in the countryside, but Masha becomes bored with her surroundings. Sergey, who adores her, arranges a trip to St. Petersburg.

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There, Masha’s beauty and charm bring her instant popularity. Just as the couple is about to return home, a prince arrives in town, wanting to meet her.

Sergey knows he can force Masha to leave with him, but he lets her make the decision. She chooses to stay, and her betrayal breaks his heart. Like Sergey, God will never force us to be faithful to Him. Because He loves us, He lets us choose for or against Him. Our first choice for Him happens when we receive His Son, Jesus Christ, as the sacrifice for our sin (1 John 4:9–10).

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After that, we have a lifetime of decisions to make. Will we choose faithfulness to God as His Spirit guides us or let the world entice us? David’s life wasn’t perfect, but he often wrote about keeping “the ways of the Lord” and the good outcomes that came from doing so (Psalm 18:21–24). When our choices honour God, we can experience the blessing David described: to the faithful, God shows Himself faithful. By: Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Reflection: When was the last time you made a difficult decision that honoured God? How did it affect your relationship with Him?

Prayer: Dear God, help me to honour You with the choices I make. Thank You for loving me faithfully throughout my life.

Our Daily Bread Daily Devotional Today Written by Jennifer Benson Schuldt is Brought to you by Our Daily Bread Ministries

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