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1 Samuel 30

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

SCRIPTURE:1 SAMUEL 30

BY: Josh Boles

As we discussed yesterday, David had kept from going into battle along side the Philistines. If he and his men would have gone into battle with the Philistines it would have meant he would be fighting against the Israelites. This would have ensured that he would never become king. The Lord protected David from this even while Davit was making hasty decisions.

As we enter in to chapter 30 we see that even though they were kept from fighting the Israelites, they still had a battle to fight. This time it was with the Amalekites, the sworn enemy of the Jews. If you need a reference for this go to Exodus 17:8-16, or Deuteronomy 25:17. Back in 1 Samuel 15, Saul had won an incomplete victory over the Amalekites so now they were still free to attack the Israelites.

One thing we as believers must know at all times is that God is fighting for us. He always has a plan even if we don't realize it or even if we are not living life the way we should. We see this in the life of David, and it will play out ion this chapter. In verse 1-6 the Lord permitted the raid on Ziklag perhaps to encourage David to go back where he belongs. Just remember that God can, and does use trying times in our lives for His glory. This is not always easy, but it is always good. Maybe not in the moment, but in the end, God’s plan is good.

We see the pain that David and his people had in verse 4 where they wept until they had no more strength to weep anymore. Have you ever experienced this before? I know that I have, and it is simply no fun. But looking back on those trying times I can see now that God had a plan for that circumstance in the midst of it, and in the aftermath.

So maybe you are like David in chapter 30, and you are in the midst of a trial. Or maybe you are in the position where you can look back on those trials. Regardless, know that God loves you and is fighting for you. But also know that we have a responsibility in this as well. Take a look at verse 11. We read that David strengthened himself in the Lord. How many of us can say that that is our first instincts in the time of trial? Not many of us, right?

Well David could not say that either if you think about it. David lived in captivity in his own land for seven years, and then fled to live with the Philistines after giving up. This was not David’s first instinct. The fact of the matter here is that the Lord’s love for us is so severe that He will pursue us until we submit to His will. Surrendering to Him, and strengthening ourselves in the Lord should be our first reaction, but even when it is not, even when we wonder, all of God’s promises are still yes and amen.

As we review what God did for David in this dark hour we can clearly see how God helps his people in times of despair, and had a plan for them to rise up out of it. First, the Lord encouraged David so that he did not despair, then the Lord gave David wisdom to know what to do. That is wy we see that even though David’s victory against the Amalekites was not complete, it was incredibly prosperous.

David and his men were weary but the Lord provides them the strength and the wisdom to know where their enemies were hiding.  We must remember to trust in the Lord always, regardless of the situation. Lets just take a look at David’s own words in Psalm 37:5 as we close. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Whatever the “it” is in your life, just remember that God’s got this! Trust in him!

P.s. I have to go to staff meeting now so I did not have enough time to proofread this as good as I should. Please forgive any mistakes. I’m sure there are plenty!

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1 Samuel 29

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

MONDAY, MARCH 4

SCRIPTURE:1 SAMUEL 29

BY: Josh Boles

Chapter 29 is a very short chapter, just eleven verses. A lot of chapter 29 is repeated information, so there is not a lot of new information. None the less, it is an important chapter as we are approaching the end of David living with the enemy.

As chapter 29 opens up the story backtracks to 28:2. The Philistines are still at their gathering point in Aphek. Aphek was at the norther most point of the Philistine coastal plain at the foot of Mount Gilboa. This made it a strategic place to launch an attack on the Jezreel valley. If you scan back to 4:1, this is where the Philistines camped with they captured the Ark.

In verse 2-3 the lords of the Philistines are gathered. They are the rulers of the five Philistine cities. Unlike Achish, the other Philistine commanders did not trust David. They thought he would seek to regain the favor of his lord, Saul. (verse 4) These commanders ask a very interesting question here regarding David regaining Saul's trust. They ask, “would it not be with the heads of the men here?” Basically they are asking, “will he not kill all of us in order to get back to his own people.”

This is how we see the hand of the Lord working in David’s life. David was living with the enemy of Israel who were positioned to attack Israel. Israel and the Philistines lives in constant tension. Even through the commanders of the Philistine army, God had protected David from having to go into battle against his own people. David fighting in any battle against any of the Israelite forces would have shut him off completely from being king, not to mention would have been a terrible evil. Just think back to chapter 25 when David rightly resist the urge to shed the blood of a fellow Israelite.

At the end of this chapter the action splits as we will observe our last two chapters. See verse 11 where David and his men return to the land of the Philistines while the Philistine army heads to Jezreel. Chapter 30 will follow the actions of David while 31 will lead to the capturing and death of Saul.

As we think about David’s life over the last few chapters it is hard for us to see him as “one after God’s own heart.” We have seen him display a lack of trust in God by fleeing Israel. David had every reason to stay, and trust in God. He was after all anointed by God as king. We also see him making hasty decisions that he later regretted.

In David’s later years God will say to him, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye. Do not be like the horse or the Mule.” Psalm 32:8-9. A horse is impulsive and rushes into battle, while the mule is stubborn and holds back. Both of which we see David doing in these chapters.

God does not want to deal with us as men deal with animals. He wants to lead us and direct us as a father guides a son. These chapters give us a record when David was living without this kind of intimate love, and guidance. We should always trust in the Lord even when facing hardships. We should always trust his guidance in every situation.

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