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1 Samuel 20-26


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                               
Thru the Bible in a Year
       In the middle of David’s danger, God provides him with a friend who can not only care about his safety, but share his faith and dreams. The friendship of David and Jonathan is one of the most appealing narratives in the Bible. When David is in danger, Jonathan warns him. When David is an outcast at the royal court, Jonathan is still his friend.
       David’s encounter with the priest at Nob is used by Jesus (Matthew 12:3-4). His strategy with the Philistines, in pretending insanity to escape their anger has also been copied by others.
       In his deranged efforts to kill the man God has chosen to replace him, Saul lashes out and kills the priest who has befriended David at Nob and in his exaggerated now almost paranoid sense of danger, has his followers kill eighty-five others.
       Chapters 23-26 are taken up with the frantic attempt of Saul to find and kill David, and the merciful response of David when, more than once, he could have actually killed Saul. The issue is important:  once God has revealed His plan, why does it take so long to accomplish?  David spends several years on the run trying to avoid Saul and, at the same time, unable to exploit his clear military ability against the Philistines.
       What do you need to get through the circumstances of your life?  God does provide enough for us and often it comes in the form of other believers who can encourage or assist us. It may not be as dramatic or warm as the friendship between David and Jonathan, but there are people in the church God has placed there for our benefit, just as He has placed us there for the benefit of others.
       Have you ever wondered why God’s will takes so long to be carried out?  David was the anointed of God; why was it so hard for him to take his rightful place?  Of course, Jesus was the anointed of God as well and look what He had to go through.
       When you have to wait, what do you do?  Do you grow stronger or just settle into despair?  Do you work on other things or simply become unwilling (we often mistakenly confuse this state with unable) to do anything else at all?
       Today, find something in your life (or, if that is impossible, in someone else’s life) that is slower to happen or resolve than you would like. Ask God to show you what you can profitably learn and successfully do during the interim. Then pick something to work on and go to work.
       Always leave the timing to God, but always use the time!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2011