Scripture: 1 Samuel: 21-24. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
David learned of Saul’s plan to kill him and fled to Samuel in Ramah. He then returned to Gibeah to tell Jonathan goodbye and then went to Nob, where he had received food and Goliath’s sword from the priest. David had told a lie to Ahimelech, the priest, to protect himself from Saul. Saul then had his own priests killed for protecting David. Abiathar, one of the priests, escaped and found David, taking him an ephod (garment containing two objects David used to consult God). David and his six hundred men found refuge at the Desert of En Gedi. David never took revenge on Saul or his family in the end.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
David had lied to Ahimelech, the priest, which then led to the death of eighty-five priests by Saul. Lying is wrong, and it can lead to all sorts of harmful consequences. God promises that all evil will be abolished someday. People who have remained faithful to God through their struggles and trials will be able to experience wonderful rewards in the times to come. David would seek the Lord’s guidance before he took action. We also must seek the Lord’s guidance and instruction before we move or take action. Talk to God, for He is listening. We can hear Him speak to us through the counsel of other people, the Bible, and the leading of His spirit in our heart and through certain circumstances. Not every opportunity in life is sent from God. When opportunities come our way, we must double-check our motives and make sure we are following the desires of God, as well.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please help us to resist the temptation to be untruthful, for we know that lying can lead to all kinds of harmful consequences in life. Help us to remain faithful to You through all of our trials and struggles in this life. Help us to always obey You, trust You, and follow the path that You have paved for our lives. Help us to listen for You to speak to us. Help us to draw near to You in our times of trouble and on a daily basis. Help us to commit our ways to You and to trust You for the outcome. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.