May 8 | David’s Journey back to the Throne

Today’s Reading:

Read 2 Samuel 16:5-8; 17:12; 18:6-8; 18:27-33

Sometimes when we have bad days, we think, “It couldn’t get any worse!”  Unfortunately, David’s troubles went from bad to worse!  Not only was he in danger from his own son, the people of Israel who had loved him for so long, had been tricked into believing he was bad and they fought against him.  They planned to attack David and his followers and stop any possibility of David becoming king again.   

David’s army was successful and defeated the Israelites.  David was restored to being King.  But, in the end, David’s son Absolom dies.  David was grateful to be King, but he was sad that his son had died.  David realized that the consequence of his sin had been great. 


Have you ever had a bad daySome days are like thatThank God that He is with you during those bad daysAsk God to help you see Him in the middle of days that seem hard to make it through. 

May Memory Verse:

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

May Memory Verse

May memory verse song

May memory verse coloring sheet

May Fill-in the blank activity

May Prayer Calendar