Sunday, August 23, 2015

1 Samuel 19

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 19. 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?)

  • In preceding chapters we have read about how Saul is becoming jealous of David, to the point of wanting to have David killed. Today's reading chronicles even more attempts by Saul to take David's life.
  • Recall that Saul initially recruited David as a lyre player, because he needed someone to play music to put him at east. While David is playing the lyre -- as he has done countless times before -- Saul attempts to kill David by throwing a spear at him. David dodges the spear and quickly realizes Saul wants him dead.
  • David skips town. To buy him time, his wife builds a makeshift mannequin and puts it in their bed where he normally sleeps.
  • Saul realizes that David has left town, so he sends a series of men to go capture him. These men end up being overwhelmed by the spirit of God and, instead of capturing David, start prophesying ("prophesying" means saying things God has specifically prompted a person to say). Eventually Saul goes to investigate, and the same thing happens to him.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Saul's pride produces jealously and drives him to do crazy things. If he had dealt with his pride early on, he wouldn't be in this predicament. We need to vigilant against pride in our own lives.
  • When we are faithful to God, he guides and protects us in ways we don't expect. When Saul sent men to capture David, human wisdom would say they couldn't be stopped. However, God was able to overpower them and protect David.

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

  • In what areas of your life do you see pride creeping in? Maybe you've become more obstinate at work, or have stopped serving your spouse as much as you used to. Ask God to help you act out of humility rather than pride.
  • David trusted God in the midst of dangerous circumstances. If you're in a situation where you're running from a bad situation, ask God to guide and protect you. Cling to him for support and wisdom, and use this as an opportunity to grow closer to God by talking to him more regularly.