One Year Bible

Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Purpose can make a huge difference in a person’s life. The crew of Paul’s ship had given up all hope of being saved (Acts 27:20) after being relentlessly tossed in a mighty storm for two weeks. Still Paul was not moved. He knew he had a purpose to fulfill, for an angel had spoken to him, telling him that he would “surely stand trial before Caesar” (v. 24). Believing that nothing could defeat what God had determined, Paul encouraged everyone around him that all would be well.

When the circumstances of life fail to line up with your expectations, you can feel trapped, and the world becomes a hopeless place. God, however, has a plan for you, and when you find His purpose for your life, adverse circumstances become meaningless. No matter the difficulty, Satan cannot destroy you before you fulfill your purpose.

In Acts 27:28, when all hope seemed gone, suddenly a slight change appeared: the depth of the water lessened. As you cling to your purpose and God’s promise, suddenly the battle will begin to turn. It may seem almost imperceptible at first, but nothing will stop God from fulfilling His purposes.

That’s exactly what David experienced. After all the years of his trials with Saul, the day finally came when God removed Saul from the scene and “turned his kingdom over to David son of Jesse” (1 Chronicles 10:14).

Keep sailing. God is not finished with you yet!

1 CHRONICLES 9:1-10:14

So all Israel was enrolled by genealogies; and behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was carried away into exile to Babylon for their unfaithfulness.
Now the first who lived in their possessions in their cities {were} Israel, the priests, the Levites and the temple servants.
Some of the sons of Judah, of the sons of Benjamin and of the sons of Ephraim and Manasseh lived in Jerusalem:
Uthai the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, from the sons of Perez the son of Judah.
From the Shilonites {were} Asaiah the firstborn and his sons.
From the sons of Zerah {were} Jeuel and their relatives, 690 {of them.}
From the sons of Benjamin {were} Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah,
and Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, and Elah the son of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah;
and their relatives according to their generations, 956. All these {were} heads of fathers’ {households} according to their fathers’ houses.
From the priests {were} Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin,
and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the chief officer of the house of God;
and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer;
and their relatives, heads of their fathers’ households, 1,760 very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.
Of the Levites {were} Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;
and Bakbakkar, Heresh and Galal and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph,
and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites.
Now the gatekeepers {were} Shallum and Akkub and Talmon and Ahiman and their relatives (Shallum the chief
{being stationed} until now at the king’s gate to the east). These {were} the gatekeepers for the camp of the sons of Levi.
Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his relatives of his father’s house, the Korahites, {were} over the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent; and their fathers had been over the camp of the Lord, keepers of the entrance.
Phinehas the son of Eleazar was ruler over them previously, {and} the Lord was with him.
Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper of the entrance of the tent of meeting.
All these who were chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212. These were enrolled by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer appointed in their office of trust.
So they and their sons had charge of the gates of the house of the Lord, {even} the house of the tent, as guards.
The gatekeepers were on the four sides, to the east, west, north and south.
Their relatives in their villages {were} to come in every seven days from time to time {to be} with them;
for the four chief gatekeepers who {were} Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God.
They spent the night around the house of God, because the watch was committed to them; and they {were} in charge of opening {it} morning by morning.
Now some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they counted them when they brought them in and when they took them out.
Some of them also were appointed over the furniture and over all the utensils of the sanctuary and over the fine flour and the wine and the oil and the frankincense and the spices.
Some of the sons of the priests prepared the mixing of the spices.
Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the responsibility over the things which were baked in pans.
Some of their relatives of the sons of the Kohathites {were} over the showbread to prepare it every sabbath.
Now these are the singers, heads of fathers’ {households} of the Levites, {who lived} in the chambers {of the temple} free {from other service;} for they were engaged in their work day and night.
These were heads of fathers’ {households} of the Levites according to their generations, chief men, who lived in Jerusalem.
In Gibeon Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived, and his wife’s name was Maacah,
and his firstborn son {was} Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,
Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth.
Mikloth became the father of Shimeam. And they also lived with their relatives in Jerusalem opposite their {other} relatives.
Ner became the father of Kish, and Kish became the father of Saul, and Saul became the father of Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab and Eshbaal.
The son of Jonathan {was} Merib-baal; and Merib-baal became the father of Micah.
The sons of Micah {were} Pithon, Melech, Tahrea {and Ahaz.}
Ahaz became the father of Jarah, and Jarah became the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri; and Zimri became the father of Moza,
and Moza became the father of Binea and Rephaiah his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.
Azel had six sons whose names are these: Azrikam, Bocheru and Ishmael and Sheariah and Obadiah and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.
Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.
The Philistines closely pursued Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan, Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.
The battle became heavy against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was wounded by the archers.
Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised will come and abuse me.” But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took his sword and fell on it.
When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell on his sword and died.
Thus Saul died with his three sons, and all {those} of his house died together.
When all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that they had fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled; and the Philistines came and lived in them.
It came about the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
So they stripped him and took his head and his armor and sent {messengers} around the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people.
They put his armor in the house of their gods and fastened his head in the house of Dagon.
When all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,
all the valiant men arose and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons and brought them to Jabesh, and they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry {of it,}
and did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.

ACTS 27:21-44

When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss.
{Yet} now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but {only} of the ship.
For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me,
saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’
Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.
But we must run aground on a certain island.”
But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors {began} to surmise that they were approaching some land.
They took soundings and found {it to be} twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found {it to be} fifteen fathoms.
Fearing that we might run aground somewhere on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and wished for daybreak.
But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down the {ship’s} boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow,
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.”
Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the {ship’s} boat and let it fall away.
Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing.
Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for not a hair from the head of any of you will perish.”
Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat.
All of them were encouraged and they themselves also took food.
All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons.
When they had eaten enough, they {began} to lighten the ship by throwing out the wheat into the sea.
When day came, they could not recognize the land; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the ship onto it if they could.
And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach.
But striking a reef where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern {began} to be broken up by the force {of the waves.}
The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none {of them} would swim away and escape;
but the centurion, wanting to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land,
and the rest {should follow,} some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land.

PSALM 8:1-9

O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

PROVERBS 18:23-24

23 The poor plead for mercy;
    the rich answer with insults.

24 There are “friends” who destroy each other,
    but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.