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February 20, 2019

Read 1 Samuel 30

 

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Scripture1 Samuel 30:6- David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

 

Observations- Things end pretty well in this chapter for David and all of the soldiers and families he was leading, but it started out badly with a raid on their city while they had been away intending to go into battle with the Philistines. This verse reveals the level of

crisis had risen to the highest possible level, but "David found strength in the Lord his God."


Application- This verse reminded me of the opening line of the Rudyard Kipling poem If: "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you..." David kept his head by seeking God as a first resort, not merely as a last resort. Even though in this moment David didn't have anywhere else to turn, he did well in his desperation to turn to God. Let's seek to have the Triune God always be our first resort.

Prayer- (by St. Francis of Assisi- 1182-1226) I beg you, Lord, let the fiery, gentle power of your love take possession of my soul, and snatch it away from everything under heaven,
that I may die for love of your love as you saw fit to die for love of mine. Amen.

 

"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." (Matthew 6:33),

Pastor Jamie


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Read 1 Samuel 29

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+29&version=NLT

 

Scripture1 Samuel 29:8- “What have I done to deserve this treatment?” David demanded. “What have you ever found in your servant, that I can’t go and fight the enemies of my lord the king?”

 

Observations- David was upset that so many Philistine rulers and commanders were suspicious of how he and his men might respond in the heat of battle going up against Israelite forces. In David's mind this called into question his integrity, but it kept him from having to do battle with forces that were actually his own.


Application- What an incredible favor was done for David and his men as they didn't have to engage in behaviors that could be held against them later! It was better for David's ego to be bruised than for him to kill people he was called to lead, love, and serve. Can you look back over your spiritual journey and see ways that a wound that caused you pain at the time actually saved you from experiencing something far worse? Reflect on that and give thanks to God.

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your abiding presence in my life. I need You! I need Your wisdom, guidance, counsel, care, and friendship. Redeem the painful experiences of my past in ways that lead me into Your preferred future. Thank You for not always giving me the first thing I ask for or what I believe I want most, in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

"Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy." (Proverbs 27:6),

 

Pastor Jamie


​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

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