What Is Truth?

Day 150 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23; John 18:25-19:22; Psalm 119:113-128; Proverbs 16:10-11 What Is Truth? Jesus said to Pilate, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens…

A Lamp Unto My Feet

Day 149 2 Samuel 14:1-15:22; John 18:1-24; Psalm 119:97-112; Proverbs 16:8-9 A Lamp Unto My Feet In the early 80’s, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant took the words from Psalm 119 and created a very popular Christian song, titled “Thy Word.” “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my…

Jesus’ Consecrating Prayer for the Disciples

Day 148 2 Samuel 13:1‐39; John 17:1‐26; Psalm 119:81‐96; Proverbs 16:6‐7 Jesus’ Consecrating Prayer for the Disciples After Jesus has told His disciples there will be world tribulation, He assures them of peace in Him and reminds them He has overcome the world. Therefore, they should “be of good cheer” or “take heart.” He then…

Is God Enough?

Day 146 2 Samuel 9:1‐11:27; John 15:1‐27; Psalm 119:49‐64; Proverbs 16:1‐3 Is God Enough? King David began a downward spiral of sin when he gave into temptation with Bathsheba. In a single act, he opened a door that could lead to destruction – both of his status and his faith. Sin led to more sin….

Even More Undignified

Day 144 2 Samuel 4:1‐6:23; John 13:31‐14:14; Psalm 119:17‐32; Proverbs 15:32 Even More Undignified What a beautiful picture of worship we see in 2 Samuel today. The Ark of the Covenant, the presence of the Lord, comes into the city, and King David is enthusiastically engaged in worship. The Israelites have just defeated the Philistine…

The World Turned Upside Down

Day 143 2 Samuel 2:12‐3:39; John 13:1‐30; Psalm 119:1‐16; Proverbs 15:29‐30 The World Turned Upside Down Many historians cite “The World Turned Upside Down” as the tune played by a British fife and drum corps when British soldiers stacked their arms and surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. For the British…

The Challenge of Free Will

Day 142 2 Samuel 1:1‐2:11; John 12:20‐50; Psalm 118:19‐29; Proverbs 15:27‐28 The Challenge of Free Will “Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.” – John 12:37 In this section of the Gospel of John, Jesus has revealed Himself and given the crowd a reminder…

The Wellspring of Passion

Day 141 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13; John 11:54-12:19; Psalm 118:1-18; Proverbs 15:24-26 The Wellspring of Passion If you missed yesterday’s Gospel reading, you might not realize that “Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews” because He had resurrected His friend Lazarus, whose sisters were Mary and Martha. Because of this miracle, many believed while…

The Voice of the Shepherd

Day 139 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44; John 10:22-42; Psalm 116:1-19; Proverbs 15:20-21 The Voice of the Shepherd Sadly, no matter what God does or says, there are certain people whose hearts are so hard to Him that they will never turn and believe. The root source of such hardness of heart can come from many places:…