Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 1 Samuel 26:1 through 27:12

October 13, 2017

“The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the Lord delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 26:23)

One time, our family had the opportunity to observe a glassblower at work. She was shaping a vase, which was mounted on a tube so she could put it into the furnace for heating. Repeatedly she placed the vase in...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 25:1-44

October 12, 2017

“And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which has kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.” (1 Samuel 25:32-33)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you knew you had been wronged? After my husband and I were first married, we moved...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 22:20 through 24:22

October 11, 2017

“The Lord therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.” (1 Samuel 24:15)

The man was consumed by revenge. Thugs had beaten his son so badly that he had a skull fracture. The doctors suspected brain damage and possible permanent vision loss. The father tried everything he could to locate the perpetrators. Meanwhile, the son showed no signs of improvement. One Sunday...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 21:1 through 22:19

October 10, 2017

“And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.” (1 Samuel 21:10)

To be the object of a search is a miserable and terrifying experience. About twenty-five years ago, when Romania was still under Communist rule, the police came one night to a pastor’s home. They were searching for religious books — specifically for a Bible. The pastor’s six-year-old daughter heard what was being said at the door...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 19:18 through 20:42

October 9, 2017

“And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” (1 Samuel 20:17)

A plaque on my living room wall says, “Friendship is a priceless gift that can’t be bought or sold. Its value is far greater than mountains made of gold. If you should ask God for a gift, be thankful if He sends, not diamonds, pearls, or riches, but the love and trust...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 19:1-17

October 8, 2017

“And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good.” (1 Samuel 19:4)

Have you ever had a situation when you needed an intercessor — a time when your explanation would not be heard or accepted, but you thought maybe the words of someone else would get...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 18:1-30

October 7, 2017

“David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.” (1 Samuel 18:14)

Abraham Lincoln once stated, “Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” (1) Throughout his administration, Lincoln was a president under political fire, especially during the scarring years of the Civil War. Though he knew he would make errors while in office,...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 17:1-58

October 6, 2017

“And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.”(1 Samuel 17:47)

We know there are degrees of fear — it can range from anxious concern to sheer terror. Fear associated with the danger of imminent death is no doubt one of the most terrifying. 

My brother tells of an incident that occurred when he was in Vietnam. He was...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 16:1-23

October 5, 2017

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7)

The man was tall and gangling; most people said he was homely. His life was marked by numerous disappointments. In his early years, he lived in poverty, and had...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 15:1-35

October 4, 2017

“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”(1 Samuel 15:22)

My father gave me a bit of advice when I embarked on my first experience as an employee, and his words illustrate the importance of heeding those in authority over us. He said, “You may not always...

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