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    Christian Devotional – January 26, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 25 We know that God hears us, but do we hear each other? Read 1 Samuel chapter 25. This is a great story about a very wise woman and a foolish man. Today as I read it, I am reminded of the role that David played. He was angry and his pride had been wounded. Yet, he was willing to hear Abigail and he made a better decision as a result. God hears us, but do we hear God? When we are angry or feel that we have been wronged, do we still listen or are we so focused on revenge that we fail to…

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    Christian Devotional – January 25, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 24 How do we treat those who treat us badly? Read 1 Samuel chapter 24. David has been chased and attacked by Saul. David has done nothing to earn this type of treatment, but yet he finds himself as the object of Saul’s anger and aggression. David runs for his life and has been spending years in caves and hideouts trying to avoid Saul. So, how does David respond when Saul, who is hunting him, is vulnerable right in front of him? David spares him. The way we treat our friends says a lot about us. But, the way we treat our enemies or those…

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    Christian Devotional – January 24, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 23 David gets encouraged by his friends. Read 1 Samuel chapter 23. As the battles continue, David finds himself trying to still help his country while staying away from the king. God encourages him and tells him what to do in the various situations. Plus, his friend Jonathan comes. When we are in difficult times, we need the encouragement of our friends even more. Jonathan risked a lot to come to David and be that voice of encouragement. What are we willing to risk to be there for people? Are we continuing to point them to God even through the difficulties?

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    Christian Devotional – January 23, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 22 How do you gain a following? Read 1 Samuel chapter 22. Well, if you’re David, the way you gather a following is by running out to a cave and hiding. Then, all the upset, discontented, frustrated people come and find you and join you. That doesn’t exactly sound like the recipe for success for most businesses or personal lives that I’ve ever heard. Yet, God used this group to bring about God’s glory and to shape David into a leader. We may not always understand how or why we are put in the position that we are. But, God brings to us the people…

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    Christian Devotional – January 22, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 21 Reputation. Read 1 Samuel chapter 21. This is a difficult chapter for David. David found himself on the outs of everyone who knew him. He still needs food and he goes to visit the church and is working with them on what he’s needing. He gets the priest to give him bread and a weapon. He continues to hide by going over to the Philistines. However, David’s reputation follows him over there. The Philistines are very aware of who David is and what David has done. Now, David finds himself in a situation where he has to pretend to be crazy to avoid suspicion.…

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    Christian Devotional – January 21, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 20 David and Jonathan were in a difficult situation. Read 1 Samuel chapter 20. Jonathan was trying to protect David from his father. As a friend, Jonathan knew that his commitment to God was even greater than his commitment to his father. God had to come first in every area, including who he’s friends with. David valued their friendship and he thanked God for all that Jonathan had meant to him over the years. Do we value or relationship with God above every other relationship that we might have? Are we seeking to allow our relationships to be an opportunity for us to being glory…

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    Christian Devotional – January 20, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 19 Help from others. Read 1 Samuel chapter 19. David needed help from his wife Michal. She urged him to run for it and then helped to hide his escape. The past year has been challenging and I have become convinced that too many of us try to do the Christian life on our own. We need the help of those brothers and sisters that are around us to keep us focused on him and encourage us. Are we allowing others into our life to encourage us? Are we staying focused on God and all that he is throughout every challenge that we face? We…

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    Christian Devotional – January 19, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 18 What makes us afraid? Read 1 Samuel chapter 18. For Saul, he was terrified that David would be better and more loved than he was. Yet, Saul also recognized that the Lord was with David. When we are not following the Lord, there is nothing more terrifying than a person who does follow the Lord. As followers of Christ, we may not really understand just how truly powerful we are when we are on God’s side and he is working through us. Are we following and obeying God? Are we allowing God to work and move through us? He is our power and only…

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    Christian Devotional – January 18, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 17 First impressions. Read 1 Samuel chapter 17. We read through the very familiar story of David and Goliath I’m struck by what I see in this verse. Goliath had a first impression of David. Goliath saw David and he was not thinking there was much there. David didn’t impress Goliath in any way. Yet Goliath soon learned very differently. Impressions can be deceiving. We can never underestimate the possibilities when God is with someone. God plus anyone is an incredible force that cannot be overcome. No matter what impression we have of people, if God is with them, there’s nothing that they can’t do.…

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    Christian Devotional – January 17, 2023

    The God who Hears, Day 16 To see as God sees. Read 1 Samuel chapter 16. Oh, how I would love to see things the way God’s seeds them. I know that God sees things in such a different way than we do and even Samuel who had been serving God for years did not understand or see the people the way God saw them. Do we ask God to help us see the world and people the way he sees them? Are we seeking after God’s heart and desiring his eyes?