Thursday, June 28
Today's reading: 1 Samuel 23:1-14
Even as he is running for his life and his circumstances are tumultuous, David is concerned about the welfare of others. So when he receives word that the city of Keilah is being attacked and raided by the Philistines, his immediate response is to help. He absolutely knows that taking this action will likely put him and his men at risk, but after seeking God's direction and receiving a thumbs up response, he willingly and quickly moves into action.
This passage provides a good reminder that one of the best things we can do when we're stressed and struggling is to help others in need. Why? Because it takes our focus off of ourselves--just as the Bible says (see Philippians 2:1-7). Serving others has a calming and healing effect on us.
When was the last time you reached out to help someone else? When you've taken action to help someone in need, how has it impacted your attitude, thinking and demeanor? Who do you know (in your neighborhood, at church, at work or at school) who needs help? Let's focus on people around us in need this week, and then take action! Tami
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