Chance Strickland • January 07, 2021
1 Kings 1:4
In these times do what only a Christian can do.
Minister. Only a Christian can truly minister to others. Anyone can serve, but only someone who has experienced the Love of Christ can share it. This is the help that is really needed. Not to say that Abishag was/was not a follower of God, but the application works for us now.
Cherish the King. Abishag cherished the one she served. She may not have liked the situation, but she didn’t mind the company. Today’s Christian can also Cherish the king! When you have to do things you don’t want to do: Do what only a Christian can and during this time Cherish your King! Enjoy His company.
Shanee Strickland • January 05, 2021
Reading: Genesis 36-39
Have you ever been wrongfully accused for something? Then that puts you in the same category as our bible character here, Joseph. When Joseph was 17, God gave him a dream that invoked jealousy in his brothers. These dreams led to him being sold into slavery. Once in Egypt, he was made an overseer in Potiphar’s house, where Potiphar’s wife would wrongly accuse him. Then Joseph was thrown into prison! But in prison, the keeper committed the prisoners to Joseph’s hand. It is amazing to see how God helped Joseph in each situation. God helped something good come out of a bad situation each time. Have you been wrongfully accused? Just for today, look back and see how God worked that out for His glory. How did God come to your side in those situations? Remember in Matthew 5:11-12a when Jesus said, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:”
As discouraging as your situation may be, see how God may be moving in your life in those situations.
Shanee Strickland • December 29, 2020
The start of a new year is always a good time to examine your Bible reading plan. Any time of the year will work, but a new year gives you a new starting point.
I have linked the daily Bible reading plan here, and you can print it and use it as you’d like. Maybe trying to read the Bible through in one year seems overwhelming. If so, don’t set that as your goal. Spread it out over two years. Or don’t set a time limit on it at all. Just for today, set a goal to read your Bible, and take it one verse at a time.
Chance Strickland • December 17, 2020
Reading: 1 Kings 1:3
Sometimes in life we’ll have to do unpleasant things.
Abishag may have been different than most pretty young ladies, but I imagine this was not her first career choice. She didn’t apply for this job. They sought for someone throughout all the coasts. In fact the passage says they, “Brought her…”
I “GO” to Krispy Kreme willingly because I want to eat their doughnuts. I am “Brought” to the dentist because I don’t want to go otherwise!
She was a fair maiden. I interpret fair as: pretty, good looking, not ugly, able to attract a man to marry. I interpret maiden as: full of youth but old enough to go out on her own to marry/work.
Sometimes in life we’ll have to do things we don’t want to do. She may or may not have wanted to do this, my guess is she had little choice. If you are going to have to anyway, might as well make the best of it. Although I don’t want to go to the Dentist, I try to make the best of it. I floss, brush, rinse regularly to make the experience as easy as possible. As a child I didn’t always want to do my chores. I learned quickly that there were two ways to handle this. I could just do what was expected of me or I could try to avoid it, get into trouble, and end up doing my chores anyway.
Shanee Strickland • December 15, 2020
Reading Genesis 32-35
Just for today, I will make an effort to forgive. After Jacob deceived his brother, he had to flee for his life. It was in this time that God revealed Himself to Jacob, and Jacob was changed. When God told Jacob to return home, he feared for his life. For all Jacob knew, Esau still wanted him dead. But that wasn’t the case now at all! Esau was overjoyed to see Jacob. Esau had forgiven his brother. Is there someone that you need to forgive? Is there someone you have wronged that may be ready to offer forgiveness? Colossians 3:13 teaches us that, “if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (emphasis mine). When we accept Christ, our sins are forgiven. As we have been given that forgiveness, we should offer forgiveness. To forgive is to be free. Forgiveness isn’t always easy, especially when someone has hurt us deeply, but it offers a sense of freedom that cannot be gained by keeping grudges and bitterness walled up inside. Free yourself today of those chains.
Chance Strickland • November 26, 2020
Reading: 1 Kings 1:2
Be thankful for those who will think toward your good.
David’s servants couldn’t keep him warm with clothes, so they devised a way for their King to stay warm. Had David mistreated them early on in his life, they may not have cared so much now that he needs help. Be thankful for those who will think toward your good.
Shanee Strickland • November 24, 2020
Reading Genesis 28-31
Just for today, I will remember that the things I want in life may take longer to achieve than I expect. Jacob thought his service for Rachel was going to be seven years, but it turned into fourteen years (29:15-30). If you have a goal or dream within the bounds of what God has for you, then pursue it! It may be disheartening at times when your goal seems so close, but then slips right through your fingers-don’t lose faith. Continue to work towards your goal, and when you reach it, give God the glory. Maybe it is a prayer that God hasn’t answered yet. Keep praying, because on the timeline of eternity, your answer may be just around the corner.
Chance Strickland • November 05, 2020
Reading: 1 Kings 1:1
There will come a time when you can’t do it yourself.
What do you see when you think of King David? I think of youth, a strong warrior, a giant killer. This is not the same man we see described in verse 1. David is now described as old. At best this means older than the author’s point of view. He is also said to be stricken in years. Poor David! Finally, the King is spending days in bed.
While David is still very valuable to God, Israel, and his family, he has reached a time of life where he needs help. At different times in life we all get here. For instance, while once an athlete, I can’t just go run anymore. If I do I struggle moving the next day! Now, I have to stretch a certain way. I need an iPhone app to keep me on pace. My muscles require extra vitamins and possibly medication. For David, this was a time when he would need to be King in a BIG way, but he couldn’t do it himself.
Shanee Strickland • November 03, 2020
Reading: Genesis 24-27
Today, I don’t have any special thought from the passage. It is a great illustration of how God answered the prayer of Abraham’s servant in a very specific way.
Today’s thought is for parents: Just for today, I will realize that my to-do list must be trumped by the small things my children request from me; from reading a story to my two-year-old or listening to my five-year-old tell me all about his day. My to-do list isn’t that important.
Shanee Strickland • October 20, 2020
Reading: Genesis 20-23
Just for today, I will trust God’s provisions. Chapter 22 is where God asked Abraham to take his son up the mountain and offer him as a sacrifice. I can’t imagine how Abraham must have felt. But I do know that Abraham obediently took his son up that mountain, prepared to follow God’s command. As Abraham laid Isaac upon that altar, God saw Abraham’s obedience, and there He provided a sacrificial animal in Isaac’s place. I’ve heard it said many times before that as Abraham and Isaac were walking up one side of the mountain, a ram was coming up the other; and God, our heavenly Father, saw both sides. It is important for us to remember that when we can’t see past our circumstances, God can see the other side of those circumstances, and He already knows how He is going to provide in your situation. In verse 14, Abraham called the name of the place Jehovah-jireh, meaning God will provide. God always provides!
Wednesday, January 202 Timothy 3:1-9, Difficult Days Ahead
Colossians 1:9–14 • 2 Timothy 3:1–9 • Psalm 73:1–28
Sunday, January 17Ephesians 2:19-22, Unification
Ephesians 2:19–22 • 1 Peter 2:5 • 1 Corinthians 3:11 …
Monday, January 11Ephesians 2:15-18, Reconciliation
Romans 3:24–25 • Galatians 3:28 • Hebrews 4:16 …
Sunday, January 3Acts 6:1-7, Fairness
Acts 6:1–7 • Acts 4:34
Sunday, December 27Acts 2:37-47, Church
Acts 2:21 • Acts 2:37–47 • Joel 2:32