Friday, August 10
Today's reading: 2 Samuel 8:1-18
As we come into 2 Samuel 8, we get yet another example and lesson from David on what it looks like to be completely dedicated to living for God. David is a warrior set on conquering Israel's enemies and taking possession of their cities and lands, and God is with him. What was so prominent from this chapter was how David's actions and victories weren't about glorifying him--at all. Every action he took was for God and every item he acquired was dedicated to God, even when king Toi sent expensive gifts specifically for David (silver, gold and bronze). And David's dedication to God extended beyond handling material things to the people under his rule. As we come to the end of chapter 8 we're told, "David administered justice and equity to all his people" (vs. 15).
How does being dedicated to God impact you in areas like finances, work and/or family relationships? Think about living fully for God and what that should look like in our daily lives. Now think about your daily routine and practices. How do the two compare? None of us are perfect, so what are some areas or things that you need to work on? Tami
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