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A devotional by Christine Williamson. A 5 day plan looking at 

lockdowns from the Bible and what we can learn from them  

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 1 // David 

1 Samuel 23:16  

“Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.”

 

1 Samuel 30:6  

“But David found strength in the Lord his God.

 

For David, his lockdown lasted a long time – actually, he was locked out of his homeland for fear of his life through jealousy and misunderstanding.  But during this time, he was strengthened from without and from within.  His best friend, Jonathan, took care to encourage him but then later in the story from his own inner resource, he was able to draw strength.

 

Let’s be challenged this week to choose someone in our lives to encourage and let’s also draw on all that we have received from God – perhaps look back over notes you have made in old Bibles or notes made whilst listening to preaching.

 

Prayer: “Lord show me who needs encouragement today and fill me with words that come from You.  Bring to my memory words You have spoken to encourage me in the past.  Thank You for every word You have ever spoken over my life.”

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Day 2 // Joseph 

Genesis 45:5-8  

“Don’t be upset and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place.  It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives… God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.  So, it was God who sent me here, not you.”

 

Joseph learnt many lessons whilst in lockdown but the biggest, which he mentions three times in just a few short verses is “God sent me here”!  Whatever your situation during lockdown it did not take God by surprise and like Joseph you can learn so much about your own purpose in life.  In speaking with a few of our church NHS staff recently I know that they feel without any doubt that they are where God meant them to be to make a difference at this time in the history of our nation and world – so are you – whether that’s caring for your children, elderly relatives or your neighbours – God has put you there!

 

Prayer:  “God today teach me to accept that You have placed me where I am in this season for a purpose – help me to surrender to Your will and make a difference where You have placed me.

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Day 3 // Paul and Silas 

Acts 16:24-25  

“So the jailor put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners were listening”

 

These two totally inspire me! They had no guarantee of ever getting out of their lockdown, but they chose to worship and as a result everyone around them got to notice! They really had no choice! It may be that there are people around you who are watching your reactions during this time – let them see you worship by your words and by your actions and who knows they may be ready just like the jailor was later in the story to respond to your worship by surrendering their own lives to Jesus.

 

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, teach me to worship you today through my words and actions and may this lead others to find you.”

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Day 4 // Nehemiah  

Nehemiah 1:4-6  

“When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted and prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said ‘O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant of unfailing love with those who love Him and obey His commands, listen to my prayer…”

 

I noticed two things in re-reading the story of Nehemiah who was “locked out” of his own nation – away in exile from his own people. Firstly, when he heard what was happening back home it sent him to his knees. In his praying he acknowledged that God always keeps his covenant of unfailing love. Secondly, whilst exiled he chose to serve well and as a result God chose him to return and re-build the broken-down walls. Let’s pray that the people of God in our nation will become more than ever a people of prayer and people who build up rather than tear down both in our words and our actions.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach me to pray like never before for our nation and also teach me to build others up both in my words and my actions. Today I also pray that you will give our government wisdom as they try to re-build our nation as we move forward.

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Day 5 // Noah  

Genesis 8:18-21  

“So Noah, his wife and his sons and their wives left the boat…then Noah built an altar to the Lord…and the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice.” 

 

I had never truly noticed this before until I listened to a friend of mine preach about this recently – the first thing Noah and his family did after their twelve and a half months in lockdown was to build an altar and worship. Our unlocking is gradual but let us choose at each stage to be a people who are grateful and worship the God who has everything in control and has demonstrated His love to us in the most outstanding way – He sent His Son to die for us!

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, today during our partial unlocking I choose to thank you for preserving my life, giving me your Word and above all sending your Son to die for me. 

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