Enemies or Friends?
Heavenly Father, You are my Eternal Companion, my compassionate friend, my unseen strength. I bless Your name.
Read 1 Samuel 29:1-11
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“May God himself … sanctify you … May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless … The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thess. 5:23,24). Thank God for his timely interventions.
Most people, at some stage in life, find themselves in a situation where one deceit, even if started with good intentions, leads to another and they arrive at a point they never intended. Good-hearted Achish’s innocent trust, arising from David’s deceit, put David in the position where he was expected to take part, with Achish, in a major Philistine assault on Israel. To do this was surely unthinkable. Alternatively, to go with the Philistines and then turn against them at the last minute could have done huge damage to them, but it would also almost certainly have led to the death of David and his troops. It would also have been a complete betrayal of David’s agreement with Achish, and keeping agreements, even with foreigners, was always seen as important. It seemed as if there was no way out of the situation David got himself into. Again, the writer tells us the story without comment. We as readers are left to decide about all the moral questions.
The situation was resolved in a quite unexpected way. The other Philistine commanders, more worldly wise than Achish, were suspicious of David and insisted he be sent packing. The decision was taken out of his hands. Was David disappointed or relieved? We are not told. Is it possible that God himself had intervened and solved David’s dilemma? We are not told that either, but I have often either experienced or heard of situations that seemed insoluble but where something completely unexpected happens which changes the whole picture. The email or phone call or check arriving out of the blue may be a coincidence, but I thank God for such coincidences! David was outside of Israel at this time, but he was by no means outside of God’s concerns or God’s power.
Where in your life right now are you “between a rock and a hard place” and you don’t know what to do? How does your faith help you decide?
Lord, sometimes I get myself into situations that leave me between a rock and a hard place. Thank You for the times You have provided an unexpected solution.
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