Friday, November 30, 2018
Daily Devotion: The Man & His Dilemma
Bible Reading: Psalm 25:14-22
Key Verse: Verse 15 – “Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net."
Key Words: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net
While you do not find the word dilemma in our text, you surely found David in one. His feet are trapped in a net or at least David feels as though they are. The enemy is rapidly approaching and ready to take their prey; but then there’s the Lord who delivers.
Have you ever found yourself in a dilemma? Maybe we need to begin by defining the word dilemma. Dictionary.com says that a dilemma is having to choose between two equally needed situations. May I translate that for you? Mission impossible. One of these situations will have to be let go.
Now I repeat—have you ever found yourself in a dilemma? Quite honestly, I find myself there several times during the course of a year.
I have said on numerous occasions that being busy and being in a dilemma go hand-in-hand. The only ones who never find themselves in a dilemma are those who are seldom busy and accomplishing little to nothing.
When you find yourself in this situation you pray real hard for grace and understanding on the part of others. Sometimes you get your prayer answered, and some are kind and gracious; and on other occasions you find some graceless and unforgiving. But either way, you learn a lot about people and their spirit during these times of dilemma.
I came across an interesting article that describes what being in a dilemma is like.
Two hunters came across a bear so big they dropped their rifles and ran for cover. One man climbed a tree while the other hid in a nearby cave. The bear was in no hurry to eat, so he sat down between the tree and the cave to reflect upon his good fortune. Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, the hunter in the cave came rushing out, almost ran into the waiting bear, hesitated, and then dashed back in again. The same thing happened a second time. When he emerged for the third time, his companion in the tree frantically called out, “Woody, are you crazy? Stay in the cave till he leaves!” “Can’t,” panted Woody, “there’s another bear in there.” Now that’s a dilemma. Which way do you go?
So the next time you’re in a dilemma, know that you’re not alone. And for those who are disappointed because someone let you down, I trust you will be a gracious forgiver, for we will reap what we sow.
What to do:
✞ May you have understanding when others are in a dilemma.
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