Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 2 Samuel 22:1-51

November 4, 2017

“And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer.” (2 Samuel 22:2)

Not too long ago, I was traveling on a scenic highway in the northern region of Washington State. The mountains, the autumn colors, the streams, the clear skies, and the terrain were breathtaking.

Then, while standing on a ridge of solid rock, I noticed something that seemed to be a little out of character. Right in front of me was...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 21:1-22

November 3, 2017

“And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.” (2 Samuel 21:10)

I read a story a while ago about a dog in Scotland that had demonstrated an amazing amount of loyalty and faithfulness...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 20:1-26

November 2, 2017

“And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him. (2 Samuel 20:9)

“If you don’t vote against this grant proposal, I will quit my post as your vice-president!” The woman standing in my office had issued her ultimatum. As president of the academic senate at a large west-coast college, I sometimes have to deal with intractable administrators, irate staff, and...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 19:1-43

November 1, 2017

“And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?” (2 Samuel 19:10)

My son and daughter-in-law just came back from Hawaii, where they celebrated their tenth anniversary. They had been planning this trip for over a year. They had made many preparations, including arranging care for their children, finding good airline rates, choosing the hotels, deciding which islands to visit and...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 18:1-33

October 31, 2017

“And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.” (2 Samuel 18:29)

The story of Ahimaaz and Cushi reminds me of an embarrassing moment that I had years ago when I was in the army. We were in the final days of our grueling “first eight weeks,” and we were...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 17:1-29

October 30, 2017

“And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.” (2 Samuel 17:14)

When we face opposition, betrayal, or attack, it is important to remember that God is in complete control. One woman testified of a recent challenge at the school...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 16:1-23

October 29, 2017

“It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.” (2 Samuel 16:12)

A few days ago I visited with the skipper of a commercial fishing vessel, who is a Christian. Two of his brothers are on his crew. For a whole week their vessel had been equipped for them to go crabbing, but the strong winds prevented them from going the...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 15:1-37

October 28, 2017

“And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.” (2 Samuel 15:6)

Some years ago, we had a new neighbor move into a house near the river that ran by our house, and he seemed a social and generous man. He and his wife often invited several couples over for barbecued steaks or a wiener roast, and in cooler...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 14:1-33

October 27, 2017

“But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.” (2 Samuel 14:25)

One doesn’t have to look far in society to find examples where a beautiful exterior façade hides a soul steeped in immorality and wickedness. Television programs, magazines, and movies parade a seemingly endless stream of good-looking people...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 13:1-39

October 26, 2017

“And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.”  (2 Samuel 13:2)

The job had finally become available! The career position I had wanted so badly was open, and testing was going to begin. I worked hard at studying and getting myself into condition to take the written and physical exams that were required for...

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