Life on the run brings about questionable choices on David’s part . . . but there was a truth he could cling to—“This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). Thankfully we can cling to that truth as well!
Sadness and grief abound in Chapter 20 as David learns the king truly wants him dead. Yet, God’s love and faithfulness abound as well—through the friendship and devotion of Jonathan.
David has just had the biggest moment of his life, and all Israel loves him—except the one who becomes his sworn enemy.
My favorite chapter in First Samuel, and one of my go-to chapters in the entire Bible . . . a battle between Israel and the Philistines—better known as David and Goliath.
We read this classic chapter on partial obedience and shake our heads at King Saul. But perhaps we should ask ourselves… Where has God called us to utterly root out the sin in our lives and in our hearts . . . and we have not fully obeyed?
When I think about the book of First Samuel and a fearless, faith-filled attitude, David comes to mind. But this chapter is all Jonathan—his faith and trust in God are inspiring.
Chapter 12 is a sobering reminder that in the midst of great blessing, our hearts can still be far from God. The prophet Samuel tells the people of Israel—and us—where true prosperity lay—“If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice . . .” (1 Samuel 12:14).
When besieged by the enemy, men of Israel said they would give themselves up, “if there is no one to deliver us” ( 1 Samuel 11:3)—despite the many times God had delivered them. When challenged by life’s circumstances, are you shaky about whether God can help? Or are you fully persuaded as to who He is and what He is able to do?