August 18-Life and Death
1 Samuel 22.1-23 “and he became their leader”
Focus Verse-1 Samuel 22.2
All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.
Insight-Even as David is trying to hide, God is preparing him and using him to fulfill His purposes. The people see in David a man of integrity and high moral character. They see in him a leader that they will follow to the end. It’s interesting that as Saul’s anger continues to increase, his men are having a more difficult time following him.
As David hides, he seeks God’s guidance and protection. As Saul pursues, he does things his way as he tries to protect himself. David is bringing and preserving life, Saul is taking it.
Active Response-I want to be a man of integrity who is seen as one who is worth following because I am following a greater Leader, Jesus. I want my life to be one that is bigger than just preserving itself, but bringing and preserving life for others.
Jesus, lead me into Your heart, Your mind, and Your life. You are my protector and my strength. Thank you. Amen.