Sunday, September 27, 2015

1 Samuel 29

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 29. 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?)

  • So David and his men, who were from, and completely loyal to, Israel (though being hunted by Saul, the King of Israel) had taken refuge with the Philistines. The Philistines were the enemies of Israel, but David had faked allegiance to them and won the trust of Achish.
  • Now David finds himself in a horrible predicament, because the Philistines were coming together to fight the Israelites, and David and his men would be expected to join them.
  • One of the Philistine rulers finds it unacceptable that David and his men fight with them, fearing they were duplicitous. (He was right.) In the midst of this, David continues his charade of being loyal to the Philistines (to protect himself and his men). But, still, he is sent home and not allowed to fight.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • David found himself in a situation with seemingly no way out. He couldn't fight with the Philistines against King Saul and the Israelites, for they were his (and God's) people. But if he told the Philistines he wouldn't fight with them, they would have killed him. So what happens? God provided a way out, when there seemed to be no way. God cares about his people, and with God, nothing is impossible.

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

  • What situations have you faced that seemed like no-win, impossible situations? Are you facing any now? Instead of giving up, have you turned to God and asked Him to intervene for you? God cares about what you're going through and has solutions you haven't considered.