Scripture Union Daily Guide 13th September 2020
TODAY’S TOPIC: GOD PROTECTS AND PROVIDES
OPENING PRAYER: Let me know more of you today dear Lord as I meditate on your word.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 17:15–29, NIV
15 Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, “Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.
16 Now send a message at once and tell David, ‘Do not spend the night at the fords in the wilderness; cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.’ ”
17 Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel. A female servant was to go and inform them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they could not risk being seen entering the city.
18 But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two of them left at once and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.
19 His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.
20 When Absalom’s men came to the woman at the house, they asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” The woman answered them, “They crossed over the brook.” The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.
21 After they had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, “Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you.”
22 So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.
23 When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.
24 David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.
25 Absalom had appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of Jether, an Ishmaelite who had married Abigail , the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.
26 The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.
27 When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim
28 brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,
29 honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”
• What does the passage teach about God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
TODAY’S MESSAGE: Scripture Union Daily Guide 13th September 2020
God protects and provides Notice that several people played different roles to ensure the safety of David ─ Hushai, Zadok and Abiathar (v.15); Ahimaz, Jonathan, and the servant girl (v.17), the man in Bahurim and his wife (vv.18–19), Barzilai etc.
Similarly, there are roles for each of us in God’s kingdom, and no role is less important than the other. What is important is that each of us plays our part faithfully, without failing (Romans 12:6–8). Observe how God protected Jonathan and Ahimaaz from Absalom’s attack, so that they succeeded in delivering the message to David (vv.20–22).
Serving God faithfully involves a lot of risks. But we can depend on God’s protection as we carry out his assignments (Isaiah 43:1–4).
How did God provide for David and his men at this time of crisis (vv.27– 29)? This should encourage us that God is watching over us and he will not allow us to suffer unnecessary lack, the economic situation of the world and our nation notwithstanding (Psalm 23:1).
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• What Next? Lots of people are going through difficult times because of the economic situation of their nation. Write down names of one or two people God is leading you to help and indicate how you will help them.
The phrase “born again” which is otherwise known as spiritual rebirth occurs when we accept Christ as personal Saviour and Lord. It is the work that God particularly the Holy Spirit accomplishes in us which results in salvation experience. Born again experience gives us victory over our old sinful lifestyle.
• Thank you Lord, for always protecting and providing for me. Help me to remain faithful in carrying out your kingdom’s assignments.
• Pray for Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship and such others that run ministries to professionals.
• Offer a prayer of faith in line with John 12:32
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