Our Daily Bread 6 August 2020 Devotional for Thursday
Topic: In the Father’s Ways
Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:1–9(NIV)
Key Verse: They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. – 1 Samuel 8:3
Our Daily Bread 6 August 2020 Devotional Message
Samuel appointed his sons judges over Israel, and they were driven by greed. His sons “did not follow his ways” (1 Samuel 8:3). In contrast to Samuel’s integrity, his sons “turned aside after dishonest gain” and used their position to their own advantage. This unjust behavior displeased the elders of Israel and God, putting in motion a cycle of kings that fills the pages of the Old Testament (vv. 4–5).
To refuse to walk in God’s ways allows room for the perversion of those values, and as a result injustice flourishes. To walk in His ways means honesty and justice are clearly seen not only in our words but in our deeds as well. Those good deeds are never an end in themselves but always that others may see and honor our Father in heaven.
Reflect & Pray
What current example of injustice are you aware of? What is one way you can work toward justice in that example?
God, injustice surrounds us on every side, often overwhelming our hearts. Help me to stand with those who suffer and commit my life to walking in Your ways.
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