[David] does not attribute his deliverance from danger to his cleverness or his acting skills. Rather, he places God at the center of the event. David acknowledges that while he might have had the presence of mind to put on an act, it was God who softened Achish’s heart, thus causing him to change his mind about David. And so it is from this place of certainty and assurance of God’s safekeeping of those who trust in God that David extends an invitation to steer away from all self-centeredness and all belief in self-sufficiency, in order to taste and see how good God—the liberator—really is.
—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Reflect on a time when you were delivered from a dangerous situation. How was God present in that situation? Join the conversation.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
—Psalm 34:4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is battling cancer, hear from author Jan Woodard about the peace she found in surrendering her cancer to God. In her book Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing, Woodard offers practical ways to find beauty in ordinary moments. Woven throughout her meditations are 12 spiritual practices that challenge readers to explore their own faith more deeply. Discover more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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