Today’s Tasting: 1 Samuel 21–24 (NLT): David was still on the run from Saul, who was determined to kill him. David came to the town of Nob and lied to the priest. He told him that he was on a private matter for the king, and asked for bread to eat and a sword. With Saul and his men trying to catch up with him, David moved on. He was joined by his family and about four hundred other men as well. Saul found out that the priest of Nob had helped David, and he was furious. He had all the priests and their families in Nob killed. Only one person, Abiathar, got away, and he found David and told him what had happened. David knew that the priests had been killed because of him. He told Abiathar to stay with him and he would protect him. Then David got word the Philistines were stealing grain from the threshing floor and he asked God if he should attack them. God told him that he would have the victory. Saul found out that he was there and pursued him. David prayed to God for direction and God told him to leave. Saul got word that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi, so he and three thousand men went searching for David. Saul entered a cave to relieve himself, unaware that David and his men were hiding in the back of the cave. David went behind Saul and cut off a piece of his robe but immediately felt guilty. He told his men that Saul was God’s anointed and he would not harm him. When Saul left the cave, David followed him and stood at the mouth of the cave and shouted to him. He told Saul how he could have killed him but didn’t. Saul realized that David was not out to harm him. He asked David to swear an oath not to kill his descendants.
Today’s Nourishment: Today’s reading shows us that God’s plan can never be stopped. It doesn’t matter whether we like what He shows us of His plan. Saul lost his position as king because of his disobedience to God. He knew David was going to be king and he didn’t like it. Saul’s disobedience caused him to be miserable. He falsely accused David and tried to kill him in order to keep David from being king. In Saul’s quest for vengeance against David, innocent lives were lost. In the same way, our disobedience affects, harms, and destroys the lives of other people as well.
Father, I’m sorry for not always being obedient to You. Forgive me for the hurt I have caused others by my actions. I need You to help me to follow all of Your instructions. I submit to You right now. Holy Spirit, take control of me now. Let Your will be done in my life forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Can you think of a time when your disobedience had more consequences than you ever imagined? Rectify your actions by asking forgiveness from the Lord and others. Then, choose today to be more obedient to God in everything we do, speak, and in every area of our lives.
Tomorrows Reading: Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34, and 52
Chantea Williams http://gwwministry.com