Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 3 - 1 Samuel 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 30. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The Amalekites were an evil nation who were a constant thorn in the side of the Israelites (David's people, who were (at least) supposed to be God's people).
  • "David's two wives" (verse 5) - As we've seen, though polygamy was never part of God's plan, it was commonly practiced back then.
  • The "ephod" (verse 7) was a vest-like garment a priest would wear. Apparently, people thought it helped in communicating with God.
  • Some of David's men don't go with him and fight in the battle. Because of this, the men who do fight argue that they should not receive any of the spoils of their victory. But David's decision (verses 23-24) is very gracious, and seems to be based on his conviction that the victory came not through their own power but from God.


SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • David had an emotionally devastating moment, and everyone seems to be against him. How does he deal with it? "But David found strength in the Lord his God" (verse 6). The Bible says that "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). God loves us and is always available for us to turn to and find strength in. The question is, when trouble hits, will we?
  • David found himself in a situation where he didn't know what to do. How does he deal with it? "David inquired of the Lord" (verse 8). The Bible says, "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:6). God loves us and is always available for us to turn to and get direction from. The question is, when we're confused, will we?


NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • How do you typically respond to tough times? What troubling circumstances are you currently facing? Have you turned to God to find strength in Him? Why don't you do that now?
  • How do you typically respond to confusing situations? What perplexing circumstances are you currently facing? Have you turned to God for wisdom? Why don't you do that now?