Our Daily Bread Devotional for 21 August 2023: The Gift of Encouragement

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 21 August 2023
Our Daily Bread Devotional for 21st August 2023

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 21 August 2023, Monday ODB Devotional Message written by James Bank and Insight written by Arthur Jackson

Today’s ODB Devotional Topic: The Gift of Encouragement

Bible in a Year: Psalms 107–109; 1 Corinthians 4

Key Verse: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 23:14–23

Insight: The central feature of 1 Samuel 23:14–23 is the “Jonathan visit”—a friend-to-friend encounter at a very critical time. Though God can use casual, unplanned meetings with those we may or may not know, Jonathan’s visit was rooted in a deep, lasting friendship (see 18:1–4). This meeting is believed to have been their last. The depth of their relationship comes through in the lyrics of David’s lament for Jonathan (see 2 Samuel 1:25–27). Selfless, brief, timely visitations like these can be a real gift to those needing encouragement from God.

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 21 August 2023 ODB MESSAGE

“Your bees are swarming!” My wife stuck her head inside the door and gave me news no beekeeper wants to hear. I ran outside to see thousands of bees flying up from the hive to the top of a tall pine, never to return.

I was a little behind in reading the clues that the hive was about to swarm; more than a week of storms had hampered my inspections. The morning the storms ended, the bees left. The colony was new and healthy, and the bees were actually dividing the colony to start a new one. “Don’t be hard on yourself,” an experienced beekeeper told me cheerfully after seeing my disappointment. “This can happen to anyone!”

Encouragement is a winsome gift. When David was disheartened because Saul was pursuing him to take his life, Saul’s son Jonathan encouraged David. “Don’t be afraid,” Jonathan said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this” (1 Samuel 23:17).

Those are surprisingly selfless words from someone next in line to the throne. It’s likely Jonathan recognized that God was with David, so he spoke out of a humble heart of faith.

All around us are people who need encouragement. God will help us help them as we humble ourselves before Him and ask Him to love them through us.

Reflect: Who do you know who needs encouragement? How might you humbly serve them today?

Pray: Dear God, You give me eternal encouragement and good hope. Help me to show Your love to someone today.

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 21 August 2023, Monday ODB Message . Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread devotional for today audio our daily bread booklet.

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