August 14-On the Run

Journey through 1 Samuel

1 Samuel 19.1-24 “David made good his escape”

Focus Verse-1 Samuel 19.4-5

Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?”

Insight-Sometimes some people make things difficult for us even when we’ve done nothing to deserve it.  Sometimes it’s not about us.  Saul’s fear and jealousy of David has continued to grow unchecked and so again and again, Saul keeps throwing spears at David.  When people “throw spears” at us, we can, for a while, continue to be around them, attempting to love and serve them from up close.  But when it reaches a point where there seems to be now lasting change, we need to follow David’s example and remove ourselves from the situation.

Meanwhile, Saul is so consumed by anger and jealousy that he can’t see how David is actually his greatest ally and support.  Fortunately, David’s character has not gone unnoticed by others who are there to stand by him and to protect him.

Active Response-I want to continue to learn lay my pride and my agenda aside.  So often they can drive a wedge between me and others as I try to preserve my own kingdom, rather than pursuing the kingdom of God.   I want to have the wisdom and grace to love those who persecute me and to know when to love them from up close and when to love them from a distance.

God, help me to always run to You in every situation.  Show me the best ways to love and lead me in those ways.  Amen.