Session 29

Is God your last resort?

From 2 Samuel: A 5-Week Devotional

Ever have one of those days? You know, when something goes wrong, and you think, “At least it can’t get any worse,” but then it does get worse. 

What happens when that bad day seems to get stuck on repeat with no end in sight? If you’re a problem solver, you might start to formulate a plan, only to see the next wave of trouble crush it like a castle of worthless sand. If you’re relational, you might call up your friends to ask advice that leads to nothing helpful. 

Maybe as a last resort you pray. 

That may be what happened to King David.

In 2 Samuel 21, Israel was struck by a famine that lasted 3 years. As king, it was David’s responsibility to take care of his people. The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what he did for the first 3 years, but we can imagine that he, too formed plans that obviously failed — because the famine continued. As a leader, he most likely had advisors he turned to, but their plans also failed him. 

After 3 years of watching his people starve, the Bible says, “David sought the face of the Lord” (2 Samuel 21:1). 

Finally, after 3 years of struggle, David gave it to God in prayer. David sought advice from God — who made him, who is above it all, who loved him, and who had real answers. David listened to God, and the famine ended after 3 years of struggle. 

But, what would have happened if going to God had been David’s first response instead of his last resort? What would be different in our lives if going to God was our first response? 

Reflect:

  • Is prayer your first response or your last resort during difficult times?
  • Why is it so hard to seek God sometimes? Is it shame and the idea that we brought it on ourselves?
  • What is one thing you need to pray about, and then listen to Jesus and do what He says?

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Session 1

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Session 3

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Session 4

Does God call us to quit?

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Session 5

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Session 6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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Session 7

Why waiting is worth it

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Session 8

Why should I ask God what to do?

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Session 9

Sing like no one is listening

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Session 10

God always has a better plan

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Session 11

Why would God choose me?

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Session 12

What is the secret to success?

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Session 13

Come out of the shadows

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Session 14

A life of harmony or hostility

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Session 15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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Session 16

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Session 17

Is God fair?

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Session 18

The difference between love and lust

Today, love is a very misconstrued word. We throw the word love around so much the true meaning has been watered down. Love has become mo...

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Session 19

Why would I reconcile with God?

In 2 Samuel 14:1-24, the wise widow helped David see that his actions did not reflect the heart of God. 2 Samuel 14:14 (NIV 84) tells us...

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Session 20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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Session 21

How do you know who to trust?

Do you know someone who will say one thing but do another? It can be pretty annoying. Whether it’s doing your fair share of a school or w...

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Session 22

Choose your battles wisely

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Choose your battles wisely”?  Maybe your mom told you this when you asked advice about how to handle a ...

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Session 23

How to handle the haters

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”  Contrary to the childhood rhyme, words do hurt. Justified or not, ...

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Session 24

Pride: a fatal flaw

In 2 Samuel 17, Absalom tries to steal the throne from his father. Hushai, one of David’s confidants, pretends to be on Team Absalom in o...

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Session 25

Do you act before you think?

Have you ever done or said something before thinking about it?  You can probably imagine a dozen instances when you wish you would have ...

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Session 26

Getting over the grip of grief

Loss is like a freight-train that hits us unexpectedly — then continues to drag us around the tracks for miles to come. When we lose a l...

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Session 27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

After winning the kingdom back from his son, David makes a triumphant return to Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 19. It would seem like a perfect ti...

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Session 28

Your words can ease the tension

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Session 29

Is God your last resort?

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Session 30

How do you feel about God?

Have you heard the saying: “What Susie says of Sally says more of Susie than of Sally”?  It’s is mostly used in reference to gossip, but...

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Session 31

How to praise God in all circumstances

A lot happened to David in his life. He went from being a shepherd to God’s anointed king (1 Samuel 16:11-13). He loved God and wrote som...

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Session 32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

David is remembered as Israel’s greatest king, but Scripture is full of reminders that David was far from perfect. His legacy is marred b...

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Session 33

What you need to lead others well

Would you risk your life to bring your commander a drink from his favorite watering hole? How about risking your popularity to defend the...

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Session 34

How to fight with God’s strength

As Christians, we fight battles on a daily basis. Some are internal, like the fight for personal integrity and purity. Others are on beha...

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Session 35

God’s character revealed

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