Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 17 - 1 Chronicles 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 12. 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?)
  • King Saul is hunting David to kill him, because he feels like David is a threat to his sovereignty. David is joined by many men who are loyal to him, and they were "all relatives of Saul" (verse 2)! This shows something about David's character, and how clear it was to people that he should be the leader of Israel.
  • God, through His Spirit, inspires one of David's soldiers to speak encouraging words to David (verse 18).
  • More and more men (see verse 22) are drawn to David and his cause.
  • Because of Saul's poor leadership, and their knowing that God had chosen David to become king, the people celebrate what the believe is soon to happen (verses 38-40).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • People are drawn to strong leaders who have integrity, and they were drawn to David. Strong leaders are not intimidated by other strong leaders, and we see David surround himself with very capable, powerful men. Most of us have some degree of leadership in our lives (perhaps at work, or in our homes, or at church). Like David, we need to lead with character and confidence, so others will want to follow us and find it joyful.
  • In the Old Testament we occasionally see the Holy Spirit (the spiritual presence of God, who comes to direct and empower God's people) at work, temporarily, in the life of a person (as in verse 18 here). But because of Jesus' coming, the Holy Spirit now fills ALL believers ALL the time (see 1 Corinthians 6:19, Romans 8:11, Galatians 4:6).
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Think about where you have some leadership. Are people drawn to your leadership? Are they inspired by it? Do you set a godly example for them? What may need to change about your leadership?
  • You having the Holy Spirit means you don't have to rely on you. You have a strength not your own. You can have guidance when you need it. But ... you can still rely on you if you choose to. That would be a bad decision. God wants to direct and empower you into the better life He has for you. So make a decision to repeatedly turn to God and to rely on Him. To seek Him and ask Him for His guidance and His strength, given to you through His Spirit.