When the Amalekites attack Ziklag and take David's and his men's wives and children, they are all understandably distraught. I love v6....
1 Samuel 30:6 But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Where do we turn to when our lives have fallen apart? Where do we find strength when everything has gone wrong? We must remember, as David did, that our hope and strength is always only in the Lord.
And then, before rushing heedlessly or recklessly into battle to rescue their loved ones, David stops and asks God for will in the situation. Oh, how we need to learn this lesson! How often do we presume to know the best course of action to take without even bothering to consult God about it? How often do we rush headlong into situations, based purely off of emotion? It is always wise to pray first and then act accordingly.
In our Timothy passage Paul encourages both the learning of doctrine as well as the pursuit of godliness. We cannot only fill our minds with biblical knowledge, we must also live it out. But we cannot live out what we do not know. We cannot have one without the other, we must pursue knowledge of God out of love for Him and then obey Him as we strive to live like Him. We do this not in order to be saved, as that comes through grace alone, but in order to prove our faith and love of God to be genuine.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Samuel 1-2; 1 Timothy 5