Devotional

Be There

Ready 

I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart;
I spoke about Your faithfulness and salvation;
I did not conceal Your constant love and truth
from the great assembly.–Psalm 40:10

Set 

Imagine fielding a ground ball, throwing it to first base, and no one is there. Imagine running the bases, coming into third wondering whether to keep running, and no base coach is around. We depend on our teammates and coaches to be there. When we commit to a team, we commit to be there—win or lose, good or bad. We depend on our teams, and they depend on us.

Off the field, life is similar. When times are tough, we expect our friends to be there. When we arrive home—needing a meal, support, and love—we expect our parents to be there. When I come home at the end of the day, I expect my wife to be there. More importantly, when life is good or bad, I expect God to be there.

Unfortunately, people forget that being faithful is important. Kids arrive home to no one. A spouse arrives home and discovers he or she has been abandoned. Someone looks for help or a listening ear and discovers his friends are gone.

In Psalm 40:10, David declared God’s faithfulness. He loves us in spite of our unfaithfulness and keeps His promises, even when we break ours to Him. David knew his earthly teammates may let him down, but His Heavenly Coach would always be there. We must be there for others, just as God promises to be there for us.

Go 

1. When is it hard to be there for your teammates?
2. When is it hard to feel like God is with you?
3. What can you do to remind yourself of His faithfulness?

4. How can you show faithfulness to your teammates and to God?
Workout 

Psalms 31:1-5; 40; Daniel 3:16-18
 

Overtime 

Lord, thank You for being faithful. Please forgive the times I have turned my back on You and give me the strength to be faithful. I will proclaim Your faithfulness to my family, friends, and teammates.

Bible Reference: 
Daniel 3
Ministry