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Daily Devotions – Friends in the Lord–I can’t go it alone

 

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1 Samuel 19:1-7 (NIV)
Saul Tries to Kill David
19 Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.” 4 Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?” 6 Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be put to death.” 7 So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.

 

Lord, You have wisely created Your church as Your body. And as a part of Your body, I cannot function without some of the other members of Your body. Not only in different ways to serve You but also in caring for each other. There are times when I need assistance or support and cannot do it on my own. I am so thankful for the body of believers in my church where I can go for prayer, support, and assistance in many other ways. The members of my various small groups have my back and I have theirs. It is a community of support grounded in Your Word. We need each other and for that, I am so thankful. Help me to be that friend to others when they are in need, to not hurry through my busy day, but to stop and to listen and to deeply care for Your church body. None of us can do it without You or without each other. Amen