1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV) Faith, Patience and Confidence

1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV)
David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

David was not a perfect man and the very next chapter will chronicle what I believe to be one of his failures. But in this text we find what is one of David’s strongest qualities; that of trusting God when it’s it would be easier (for the moment) to take matters into his own hands.

For a second time Saul was delivered to David so completely that everyone would have thought it was God’s will for him to kill his enemy. This time one of his men offered to kill him for David and to do so in a manner that would respect the office of the king. Again David refused to harm the Lord’s anointed. David explained that he trusted God to remove Saul in His time.

The passage is:
A display of faith
He trusted God.

A demonstration of patience
He would wait on the Lord.

A display of confidence
He knew God would work because He knew God’s Word.

Faith, patience and confidence are all products of the knowledge of God’s Word.

 

To my reader:
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1 Samuel 26:10 (KJV) Faith, Patience and Confidence

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1 Samuel 24:4 (KJV) Sincere Counsel

1 Samuel 24:4 (KJV)
And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.

These were good men and they were sincere. Their advice to David seemed consistent with the promises of God and it seemed like their advice is justified in that Saul could have been killed here.

David knew better.

There is a difference between what seems to be consistent with the Bible and what is the Bible. We are to heed the Bible completely. We are under no such obligation with the advice of our companions, no matter how sincere and well meaning they are and no matter how much like the Word of God their counsel may seem to be.

Ultimately we, like David, are responsible for just two things:

  • Obedience to the Word of God
  • Worship according to the dictates of our own conscience.

 

 

To my reader:
In order to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience we must have exercised that conscience through study of the Word of God. How is your personal Bible study going? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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1 Samuel 24:4 (KJV) Sincere Counsel

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1 Samuel 22:16-18 (KJV) Careful What You Ask

1 Samuel 22:16-18 (KJV)
And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house.
And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.
And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.

Saul is a graphic illustration of the old adage, “Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it.”

Israel had asked for, no, demanded, a king. Samuel warned them what having a king would be like. Now they have him in all his authority and his interest is far from that for which he was originally crowned. Saul did rally and fight the Philistines when necessary but his focus, and the main use of his resources, was spent on ridding himself of his God ordained replacement.

Saul here annihilates and entire family of priests. These were innocent men women and children who had done no wrong but were given no opportunity to prove it. They weren’t slain for wrong they had done; they were slain merely to pacify the king’s vengeance.  Saul’s own footmen, young Israelite men who had been pressed into this service, refused to kill them. It was a stranger, and Edomite, who did the dirty deed for Saul.

What horrific consequences might happen whenever we demand to have it our way rather than God’s.

 

To my reader:
How is your relationship with God? Are you obedient to Him? Or do you demand of Him your will. Send me your comments. I would love to hear from you.

 

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1 Samuel 22:16-18 (KJV) Careful What You Ask

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1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV) As Sure As You’re There

1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV)
And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

 

The passage is of the most serious nature. David is certain that it is Saul’s intention to kill him. Jonathan, though deeply a friend to David, was not so convinced. He would, of course, love his father. He would, though the signs seem to point otherwise, have hoped the best of his father. David uses in this very serious and emotionally charged conversation a phrase that we might put this way, “as sure as you’re standing here, Saul plans to kill me.” But that is not where David ends his analogy. He says, “as truly as the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth…” He equates the reality of God with the reality of Jonathan.

In truth the reality of God is greater than that reality of:

  • Jonathan or
  • David or
  • you or
  • me

God is the source of our life. We prove our life by the life of God and not the other way around. God is. And it is because God is that we are.

As sure as I am that you are, God is.

 

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How is your personal relationship with God? I would love to hear from you. Send me your comments below.

 

 

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1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV) As Sure As You’re There

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Matthew 4:14-16 (KJV) Don’t Stay in the Dark

Matthew 4:14-16 (KJV)
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Darkness is such an oppressive and depressing thing.

  • There is so little that can be done in the darkness
  • Evil and wicked people lurk in the darkness

Thus the people just sat in the darkness.

Our text restates itself and labels it, “the region and shadow of death“. The darkness to which it refers is, of course, spiritual.

This darkness, with the gloomy prospect of death is expelled by great light. The light is more than a flicker of promise; this is the fulfillment of every promise of the Old Testament. The light is something other than the natural light they were used to. This was supernatural, spiritual light. This was light greater than to light Zabulon alone; this was the light of the world.

What a privilege to know and walk in great light.

 

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Matthew 4:14-16 (KJV) Don’t Stay in the Dark

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1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV) How To Handle Discouraging Words

1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV)
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.

Any Christian who has stepped out of our comfort area to attempt some work for God have felt two things:

  • Little, like we are not equipped for the task
  • Humiliated, attacked and put down by someone else, very often a brother or sister in Christ

When my wife and I were very new in the faith we had some Christians friends my wife had met through her work as a public school teacher. As we grew in our excitement for Christ we were led of the Lord that Anita should resign her job and volunteer to teach at the Christian school our pastor wanted to start. Anita’s Christian friend, whom we expected to be supportive, was the opposite. It was disheartening but we persisted.

David demonstrates to us here how to deal with those sorts of attacks:

He said he was blameless

He may have evaluated his motives a moment to be sure, but he declared he was without blame.

He focused on his purpose

Which was just and right. Attacks are often intended to pull us away from God’s purpose for our life.

He went about his business

There were others to talk to. He did not let those who spoke badly of him prevent him from speaking highly of the cause.

When attacked in the work of God:

  • Evaluate and learn
  • Fix your mind on God’s will and
  • Keep moving forward

 

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How have you handled discouragements in the past? Does David’s action give you some insight to your own discouragement? Leave a reply below. I would love to hear from you.

 

 

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1 Samuel 17:28-30 (KJV) How To Handle Discouraging Words

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1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV) Remember God Remembers

1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

God remembered what the Amalekites said to Israel four hurdle years previous. Sometimes we forget that God doesn’t forget. We are aware of the Word of God and what it teaches but we think, since so many people have disobeyed the Bible for so long and have never suffered a consequence then maybe the teachings of the Bible are flawed.

I just want to remind you that four hundred years is nearly twice as long as our nation’s existence. If we were to pay the consequences of Bible disobedience today, we would be paying for the sins of the first Pilgrims and settlers on this continent! Perhaps we are!

The fact that people seem to get away with sin does not mean they have gotten Away with sin.

There is another bunch in this chapter whom God remembers. At nearly the same period in history the amenities had showed kindness to Israel and they are offered and escape from judgment.  Even so we, sinful as we are, are offered a way of escape through Jesus Christ.

God remembers our sin; unless He chooses (because of Christ) to forget our sin.

 

 

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Do me a favor leave a comment below and tell me whether you are in the group the God remembers for judgment or mercy.  I would love to hear from you.

 

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1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV) Remember God Remembers

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1 Samuel 13:3-4 (KJV) Thank a Soldier

1 Samuel 13:3-4 (KJV)
And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.
And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal.

We in the United States live under such blessing! In Ancient Greek society every man was a soldier. It was how you protected your land. It was how you advanced your community. It wasn’t optional. It wasn’t a draft or lottery; if you were healthy and male you were expected to be a soldier and you expected there would be battles.

Ancient Israel, though not technically a warlike culture like Greece, was still very similar. There were enemies and there was no choice but to fight them. Jonathan had smitten some Philistines and Saul spread the word. They could expect reprisals.

  • Wives and girlfriends might weep but no one begged any man to stay home.
  • Mothers would fret for their sons but would never have, could never have asked them to stay away from the battlefield.
  • A dad might have feared for his life and wondered who would care for his family if he died.
  • A young man may have wondered what might have been if he were not about to be slain in the field of blood but none of them sought amnesty in another country

there was no safe place to flee. Age was no excuse. Position wealth and influence would no remove the obligation. It was die, or die fighting.

In our current situation with a military made up of volunteers who fight and sacrifice and often die in our place, may we be thankful.

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1 Samuel 13:3-4 (KJV) Thank a Soldier

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Revelation 22:6 (KJV) Faithful and True

Revelation 22:6 (KJV)
And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

The angel, having no greater authority than any man would have (he is not the authority but only the messenger) expresses what all messengers must; an assurance that the message he brings comes from an authoritative source.

His message is faithful

  • It is faithful to the One who sent him to give it
  • It is faithful to the purpose for which it was sent
  • It is faithful to the character of the Author

When I read my Bible (King James Version) I have a faithful message from Almighty God. I am in a position to repeat that message and insist to my audience that this message is faithful.

His message is true

  • It is true because it comes from God, the source of all truth
  • It is true because it contains no error
  • It is true because it is the standard upon which all other words must be measured

If the Bible is only partially true then it is not true at all. If the Bible contains any errors, fallibilities or mistakes, then it is false.

Some have supposed to find errors in the Bible. I am convinced that the errors reside in them and that the Bible, every word of it (as it is preserved in the King James Version), is “faithful and true.”

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Revelation 22:6 (KJV) Faithful and True

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Revelation 21:25 (KJV) Open Gates, No Night There

Revelation 21:25 (KJV)
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

A few days ago I found myself in a position where I needed to get up early. I was a bit on edge when I went to bed because I wanted to make sure I really would wake up. About 2:00 in the morning I awoke with a start. I thought someone had opened our bedroom door. No one was there and I was a bit perturbed because I only had a little bit left until the alarm rang. I had almost gotten back to sleep when I thought I heard it again.

As I lay there, now nearly wide awake, the thought occurred to me that perhaps God had awakened me early to get to work. I got up and went happily to work.

The reason cities closed their gates at night was to protect the citizens from danger. Dangers come very often at night, in the darkness and while we are sleeping. The gates of the heavenly city need never close because there is no night and no danger. According to the book of Hebrews there is rest in heaven, but there is no need of fear in heaven.

What promises await us when we finally reach that heavenly time when all that God has planned is done.

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Revelation 21:25 (KJV) Open Gates, No Night There

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