Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Better Together Devotional: David's Righteousness by Author and Board Member Stacy A. Davis

Family Fun Icebreaker: How do you decide what is right?

Topic Question: Who is in God’s Community?

Today’s Big Idea: David’s Righteousness
In God’s community, there are people who do the right thing even during trouble. Spend time reading 1 Samuel 24:1-22. This is the story of David and Saul. David was an example of a person in God’s community who did the right thing even during difficulty. Saul had been trying to kill David, but David respected God’s appointment of Saul as the king; David did not harm Saul, even though he was given a chance to stop him. It would have been easy for David to stop Saul, and all the problems that he was causing David would have come to an end. But David made the right choice. He knew God had given Saul a special position as king. Since God honored the office of king, David honored the office of king. David chose to do the right thing and not harm Saul.

Talk with God: Read the scripture aloud.
He said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have
dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.”
1 Samuel 24:17 (NISB)

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
It can be very hard to do the right thing, especially if the answer involves struggle. Before God’s Son, Jesus, came to earth, people were teaching each other to take revenge and hate their enemies. They were taught if someone takes your eye or tooth, then you should take their eye or tooth in return. But Jesus introduced new ideas during His time on earth. He said to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). Jesus wants His community to be different from the rest of the world. He wants our behavior to stand out, like David’s behavior did, and He wants you to deal with others the right way. Matthew 5 is an amazing passage often referred to as the “Sermon on the Mount,” and the passage has many great teachings that are valuable to know. Take some time to read through them; these stories give great examples of the right way to live life.

Discuss with your family: Do you ever struggle with picking between right and wrong behavior? Like David, have you ever dealt the right way with someone even when they were dealing wickedly with you? What happened? Why does this right behavior stand out today?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to help you deal with others the right way. 

I will be praying for you!

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Sky Ranch Family Devotionals 

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