Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1 Samuel 28-31

Just when we think the situation couldn't get any weirder for David, it does, in 1 Samuel 28-31.  The Philistines and the Israelites are going to battle.  David, the real king of Israel, is living with the Philistines, mind you, in his own territory of Ziklag.  Thank goodness, David is saved from fighting his own people when the Philistine head honchos demand that David return to Ziklag during the battle.  Saul, on the other hand, is running scared, and for good reason.  The Israelites are defeated by the Philistines, and Saul, along with several of his sons (including Jonathan), die in the midst of the fighting.  In the meantime, David seeks God's help in destroying the Amalekites, who raided David's home base while he was away.  Things continue to look up for the chosen King David, who has always had God's favor on his side.

David's journey with God hasn't been easy; but there's no doubt, David has been blessed.

I am figuring out as I go, that's pretty much how it works for all of us trying to follow God's path for our lives.

And when the going gets tough, David knows where to find true strength.

But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

David is a stand up guy so far in God's story.  He is intentional about God, giving God all the credit for his victories big and small.  David is well aware of God's presence in all that he does. 

That's faith.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for the strong examples of faith in Your Word.  Thank You for Your real presence in my life.

Forgive my selfish and thoughtless ways of thinking and doing.  Transform me to be more and more like Jesus as I grow in my faith.  Help me to hear Your voice, and know Your path for me.

I praise You for Your perfect plan and bigger story.

I pray You for Your strength, Lord, as I walk with You.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray, 

Grace and peace,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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