Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 11th August 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 11th August 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 11th August 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 11 August 2022 Written BY Dr. BY RYAN COOK (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: A FINAL ACT OF FRIENDSHIP

SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 9:1–13

KEY VERSE: A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. PROVERBS 17:17

MESSAGE

In Psalm 15, David wrote that God approved of the person “who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind” (v. 4). It can be difficult to keep a promise if it could cause you harm. Yet, in today’s reading David does just that.

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David had made a covenant or solemn promise to his friend, Jonathan. Believing David would be king, Jonathan asked him to show kindness to his descendants. He said, “The LORD is witness between you and me” (1 Sam. 20:42). Now that David was at peace, he intended to keep his promise. The word “kindness” in verse 1 is more than just emotion. The word is a specific one that means “faithfulness to the covenant.” In other words, David asked if there was someone left in Saul’s house to whom he could demonstrate covenant faithfulness (v. 1).

Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth was briefly mentioned in chapter 4. After Saul’s death, his nurse fled with him on horseback. As a five-year-old, he could not ride himself. During the flight, he fell and became disabled in both feet (2 Sam. 4:4). His disability is highlighted twice in today’s reading (vv. 3, 13). It serves as a reminder to treat all people with dignity and provide them a place at the table.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 11th August 2022

Mephibosheth has been living off the grid in a place called Lo Debar for good reason. When a new dynasty came to power in the ancient world, it was standard practice to kill all males in the royal line. As long as one of them survived, they were a threat. Certainly, Mephibosheth should have been terrified. But David kept his word, showing grace and kindness and treating him like a son (v. 11).

>> Today’s reading is a reminder for us to be people who are faithful to keep our word, even when it might harm us. Just as God keeps His promises to us, we should honor our commitments to others.

Pray with Us

First, give us wisdom in the promises we make and guard us from making foolish oaths. Second, remind us that faithfulness is a godly attribute. In honoring our promises, we honor You.

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Dr. Ryan Cook has taught at Moody Bible Institute since 2012. He earned his bachelor of arts in Bible and Theology from Moody and his master of arts in Old Testament from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has worked in Christian education and served as a pastor in Michigan for seven years. During his time as a professor at Moody, he earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He now lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children in the Chicagoland area.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 11th August 2022

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Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

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