May 27, 2020

Word of the day: 9 David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward. 10 And he became more and more powerful because the Lord God Almighty was with him. 2 Samuel 5:9-10 NIV

Meditation: Let’s think about protection. Is God protecting your home? He is making you a more influential person even if you don’t feel secure?

Discussion Board: The word fortress is a military stronghold, especially a strongly fortified town fit for a large garrison. Like most of us, David didn’t feel strong or unstoppable. The reason he was strong is because of God. God stayed with him the whole way. The fortress, as we learned, is a stronghold. Once he took residence there, that made him more robust than he anticipated. We may not feel safe in our homes, but God can make our homes secure if we allow him to and keep a relationship with him. Nobody can’t take that away from you. In the book of 2 Samuel, David’s house grew stronger. The home of Saul became weaker. Why is that? The ongoing war between David’s followers and the troops loyal to Abner and Ish-Bosheth went on because Israel and Judah lost sight of God’s vision and purpose. They never came together to solve problems; they continue to fight about it.

Takeaway: We don’t give ourselves enough credit for God’s work. When we don’t feel secure, we go the other way and feel weak. There is no confidence in God’s work. When we disagree with things with our enemies, we don’t find common ground to work things out in the eyes of the Lord. What are your takeaways?

Prayer: Father, thank you for today. I pray for our protection. We may never feel secure, but you make us strong without us seeing how confident we are. I pray we can work out common ground with our enemies and have the confidence to do it. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!