So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, bu the rulers don’t approve of you.” 1 Samuel 29:6
In the process of fleeing King Saul, David had went to King Achish, a Philistine king, to seek refuge. While living there, he served Achish faithfully. When the Philistines were getting ready to directly fight the Israelites, the leaders did not trust David and wanted him to stay back from the battle. Achish told David that he could find nothing wrong with him and wanted him to go to battle with him, but the leaders did not want it. He asked David to stay back and not go to the battle.
In the workplace there are many different types of workers. Some will try to not to do any work if they can get by with it. Some will try to do as little as possible while getting the job done correctly. While others will go above and beyond the required work. They not only do the best job possible, they do extra work without being told to do it.
When a person is looking for another job, they usually need a reference from a previous job. The boss has to give a report on how they did as a worker.
In your life there will be times when another person must give a report on how you are doing. It will not only be in transferring of jobs, but in many other areas of life. What kind of report can be given about you?
Will those who work with you or are around you (such as friends) be able to give a good report of your faithfulness and loyalty?
Ultimately, God will be giving a report about you when you die and stand before Him. What kind of report can he give about you?
David had received a report of being faithful, reliable and with no faults. Would you receive the same report today?
I pray today that be faithful and reliable to everyone and God in your life; that God and others can speak only good about you; that God and others will be pleased to have you around; and that God will approve of you being called His child.
When the LORD has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel, my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.” 1 Samuel 25:30-31
While David and his men were hiding from King Saul at one point they were staying in the fields near a man named Nabal. They protected Nabal’s shepherds and sheep during that time. Later David asked Nabal for some food, and it was refused as though David was nobody. He proceeded to go and kill Nabal and everyone with him. Nabal’s wife, Abigail, intervenes and stops David from doing needless bloodshed. She refers to herself as David’s servant.
In many parts of the world if someone does something majorly wrong to someone, that other person has the right to harm him back physically. Although physical harm is often looked down upon in other parts of the world, vengeance and harm is acceptable. The vengeance comes in other ways, such as giving the person a bad name, spreading false rumors about the person, or damaging the person’s property.
During the Old Testament times, what David was going to do, in killing Nabal, was perfectly acceptable and normal. However, Abigail saw it as needless bloodshed. She agreed Nabal was wrong, but she saw David as better than that and blessed by God. She wanted him to allow God to take care of the situation. David saw the wisdom in this and stopped from killing Nabal.
As a believer you can strive to turn others away from doing needless bloodshed or harm to another person. Be willing to step up as Abigail did and speak God’s love and truth into the lives of others.
You also must be like David and choose not to take vengeance into your own hands. Do not be willing to harm another person just for vengeance. God did take care of David and he became one of the greatest kings of Israel of all time. God has promised you an abundant life. God will also take care of you and pour out blessings on you.
I pray today that God will strengthen you to not harm anyone who has harmed you; that you will show the same restraint as David did; that you will trust God’s promises to you; and that God will help you to stop others from any needless bloodshed and harm.
Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 24:5-6
King Saul was set out to kill David, even though he did not do anything wrong. David and his men had hid themselves deep in a cave. Saul had came into the cave not knowing that David was in there. His men wanted him to kill Saul immediately. Instead of killing King Saul, David crept up and cut a piece of his robe off. After Saul left, David felt guilty and repented of what he had done, and rebuked his men for wanting to harm Saul.
It is very common that when a person is harmed, the person wants to harm the one who did the damage. In workplaces it can be seen time and again when a boss does harm to a person, that the person fights back with a vengeance. At times it becomes a physical fight, while other times it is talking bad about the boss and trying to harm him in other ways.
David had realized that even though Saul was trying to do him harm, he was God’s anointed person. He was put in position over David and David had to honor that.
There may be times in your life when a person who is over you does something wrong to you. The first reaction usually is to fight back in whatever method possible to cause damage to that person.
Every person who is in authority had been put there by God. That is regardless of who they are, where they are, and whether they serve God or not.
As a believer you must honor and love those in authority, regardless of how they treat you. Do not allow yourself to react like the world and strike back in vengeance. When you do that you will have a guilty conscience.
Have you been guilty of “cutting off someone’s ‘robe'”?
Seek to make it right and ask God to help you love and honor others, even your enemies. Do not become guilty of being like the world.
I pray today that God will show you how to love those against you; that you will always do the correct thing to others; and that you will allow God to take care of your enemies.
When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 1 Samuel 23:1-2
David had been on the run from King Saul, who was out to kill him. He had a group of men who went with him to help him fight any battles he was in. At some point he was told that the Philistines had fought against Keilah. David then asked God if he should go and fight the Philistines and God told him he was to do that.
David had been a warrior for many years already, winning many battles. People were talking about how he had killed tens of thousands in battles. He was a great war hero. Yet, before ever stepping into a battle, he asked God if he should go to battle. He kept seeking God’s guidance in what to do.
There are people who are very successful at doing certain things. They just go out and do something and always seem to succeed in their own abilities. Very seldom to never do they ever ask God what they should do or not do.
You, yourself, probably have certain things that you are very good at doing, just like David was very good at being a warrior and killing the enemy. Doing that one thing may have become so common and easy for you that you no longer seek God’s guidance in what to do or not to do. You just go out and do it.
As a believer, however, you must rely on God’s direction and guidance. With David, there were times when God told him not to fight, while at other times he was to fight. You also must seek God in what you do each and every time.
Although you may be very capable of doing something, there may be times when God does not want you to do it. Allow God to direct your actions each and every day. Do not just automatically take things into your own hands. Trust God to guide you in what is best for your life each day.
I pray today that God will reveal to you what He wants you to do; that you will seek the guidance of God daily; that you will only do what God wants you to do; and that God will use you in mighty ways.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45
The Philistines had made an offer to the Israelites to have one man from each side fight together, whoever won the fight, that side would be the conquerors. Goliath was the chosen warrior for the Philistines. No one was willing to fight him, because he was a giant and a seasoned warrior.
David’s brothers were at the battle also. David was sent to bring them some food. When he saw the giant, he was willing to fight him. Goliath threatened him with many threats, but David just said he was coming against him in the name of God. With just a simple sling and one stone, David killed Goliath and the Israelites won the battle.
In today’s society most people do not have to physically go to war against another person. Only those who are in the military have to deal with that type of situation. However, there are many other battles against an enemy that every believing person must face on a daily basis.
You, along with every believer, have at least one enemy…the devil. He is seeking to get you to sin and fall away from God. He comes at you directly or through others, in your thoughts, and in your physical life. Temptations are thrown your way every day. It is a great battle to fight off these temptations of the enemy.
This battle is for your soul. It is up to you as to who will win the battle.
You must not try to fight the battle in your own strength using the weapons of this world. You must fight it in the power of God. It is God who the enemy is defying, not you. Allow God to win the battle in your life.
Do not give the enemy a chance at taking you down. Take the initiative and run forward first and take him out. Kill the temptations to sin and win the battle.
I pray today that God will give you courage to fight the enemy; that you will fight in God’s power and way; that you will allow God to destroy all temptation to sin; and that God will win the battle for your soul.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
After God had rejected Saul as king He sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to anoint who would become the new king. Jesse began to bring his sons before Samuel, starting with the oldest ones. When he brought Eliab before him, Samuel thought that he must be the new king because he was tall and looked great. God tells him that He does not look at the outward appearances, but at the heart.
It is very easy for a person to look at someone’s appearances and judge who they are. The outward appearances are all that a person has the ability to see. No one can really see into the heart of a person. Along with not seeing in, a person can put up a really false front, making himself look really good, when in reality be very horrible.
Samuel had said earlier that God would rather have obedience than to have a sacrifice. Obedience comes from the inside, from the heart. Outward appearances are a sacrifice. They take time to prepare and work to look just a certain way.
Your heart is what matters the most to God. It will determine what is most important in your life. What you focus your heart on is what you will follow the most. It will be what gives you the drive to go all the way through the tough times.
It is inside the heart that God needed in who would be the next king, not the outward appearance.
It is inside your heart that God needs today to get His work done correctly.
Do not look just at the outward appearance in your life or in the lives of others. Ask God to reveal your heart and the hearts of others to you, so that you can see yourself and others as God sees you and the others.
I pray today that you will have a heart to love and serve God; that you will focus your life on having a heart after God’s own heart; that you will not focus only on outward appearances but on the inside change of heart; and that God will be pleased with your heart.