Monday, April 21, 2008

Devotion for the day!

Here is one of the devotions from the 3 that are listed on the calvary website. This one was especially powerful to me and I pray it will bless your day.

April 21

David also rose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

1 Samuel 24:8

David’s insights into the Lord, his dependence upon the Lord, his passion for the Lord are revealed in the Psalms he wrote during the time he was fleeing from Saul because the man who had nothing but anger toward him was God’s instrument to make him into the man he desired to be.

The same is true with us. “Lord, change me,” I pray. “I’m tired of the smallness of my soul, the hardness of my heart. Make me different than I am.”

“Okay,” the Lord says. “I’ll send you an anointed instrument to help accomplish this change.”

“Good!” I say, thinking it will be an anointed teacher, a Christian book, a close friend.

But He sends a Saul or two throwing spears at me.

Who has the Lord allowed to be in your life who throws spears at you, who brings grief to you? That person is the anointed instrument of God to work in you the love, kindness, and tenderness you long for. There’s no other way for the Lord to change you but to send a Saul or two your way. The question is, what will you do? Will you cut the fringe?

I doubt that the blind man in John 9 would have washed in the pool of Siloam - or literally “sent one” - had there not been mud in his eyes. Why does God allow people we think are mud to get in our face? The reason is to cause us to go to the true Sent One and wash again. When everything is going well, I have a tendency to cruise on automatic pilot. But when there’s mud thrown at me, I make my way to the Lord in desperation. I pour out my heart to the Lord and get into the water of the Word once again.

David said to Saul, “The Lord will judge between you and me. The Lord will work things out. The Lord will deal with you eventually. But I’m not to touch you because you are God’s anointed instrument in my life.”

What about that person who breaks your heart? Are you going to take them down a peg or two - or, like David, will you wisely choose not to touch the Lord’s anointed?

If you would like to view the devotions, go to and on the left hand side click on resources, then devotions. There are 3 different devotions available daily and all of them are such a blessing.

God bless your day!


Vicki said...

Melanie, Can I get your mailing address? I have a card I want to send you! My email is angelstamper 2 @ (no spaces). Hope you had a nice weekend away!

Your SBS16 sis,