Monday, January 22
Day 8: God’s Presence in the Wilderness
Last week, we briefly looked at David’s escape from the hands of Saul. This week we will dive deeper to see how the lessons David learned during his escape can help us. This chapter of David’s life begins in the comforts of his own home as he served Saul and spent time with his best friend, Jonathan. However, Saul began to grow increasingly jealous of David and began to fear his influence. As a result, Saul sought to kill David.
This sobering reality forced David to leave the comforts of all he had grown used to so that he could save his life. His departure was a sorrowful one, but he knew he had no other choice. He was pushed into a corner where he had no option but to trust God.
Sometimes in our lives we choose to trust God not because we want to but because we have to. We have no other options. However, any other options we think we have are simply a façade. Do we trust in ourselves, others, or our circumstances? No! When we find ourselves in a position where we have no choice, instead of fretting, we need to praise God for showing us that trusting Him is the only option we need to have. He is more than faithful. We can trust Him in the wilderness!
Spend time in prayer, following the Upward, Inward, Outward, Upward format.
Upward: Who God is; What God has done, is doing, will do
Inward: Who you are; How you live
Outward: Intercession for others
God, sometimes you allow things in my life to unravel, especially those things that bring me comfort. I admit I like the comfort of my security blankets, and I grieve when I lose them. Show me how your presence is my ultimate comfort and that I can trust you when I begin to journey into unfamiliar places.
Upward: Thanksgiving and Worship
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“A Praying Life” Conference
This March 1+2, Pathway is excited to host the “A Praying Life” conference in partnership with Paul E. Miller’s organization, Praying Life Ministries. “A Praying Life is an invitation for weary saints to come to Jesus: come overwhelmed with life. Come with a wandering mind. Come messy.” We invite you to be part of this powerful and encouraging event. Learn more or sign up HERE.