June 24th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 3

Observation - Michal had become a pawn; caught between a man she once loved (David) and being his bride, and then again in her father’s anger being given to Paltiel. She had become a victim of circumstances from the men in her life just like many women before her. There are many ways she could have handled the situation, instead she chose to be bitter and have hatred against both men who made her a pawn and toward her God. She ends up paying a high price for her hatred.

Application - Anger, bitterness, hatred are all three qualities that are easy for us to take upon ourselves and act out on a daily basis. It is harder to choose to love and forgive someone when we feel wronged. We may have days that we cry out to God about how wronged we feel and that sometimes it’s not fair. In those times, allow yourself to let those feelings go towards the hands of God. Surrender those feelings and began to allow yourself to walk out the forgiveness in love. 

Prayer - Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way. Help me be like Nehemiah, help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection. As I face tough choices and hard situations.