1 Samuel 20:24-42 – No Doubt About It!

Read 1 Samuel 20:24-42

Hand doing the "ok" sign, with sunlight streaming from behind, right in the circle of the O.

If there was any doubt about whether Saul was serious about killing David, those doubts can be laid to rest. I was so thankful Jonathan and David met before this scene to make the plan they had for this very scenario.

David used the wisdom from God when he called out that Saul’s anger at the news would surely indicate his intent was to kill David. Saul’s anger seemed to erupt and flow towards his own son! Thankfully that spear missed its mark. Saul mustn’t be a very good aim, or God is just a much better spotter! (I think the latter!)

Certainly, we know God to be our protector in many circumstances. While we may recognize frequent attacks from the enemy, we can be sure God is fighting battles we have not or will never see. We don’t need to see them to know God has it under completely within his control.

David and Jonathan have now both “seen” the spear coming to pierce them through. Yet their attention, their reflex, their presence of mind was exactly where it needed to be at the right moment to keep them from falling. Don’t you think that could very well have been God’s handiwork?

I love the assurance of knowing, without a doubt, that God is on my side. The same God we’ve seen time and again involved in the lives of his people, whether they wanted him there or not.

Have you ever wrestled with God? We hear about Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32. Just like with Jacob, God isn’t finished with me yet. I want to test the waters, yet my main goal is to know what God wants for me. His plans are always better, even if they don’t seem like it at first. He sees the big picture when we’re too caught up on the detail of making the moment perfect.

Take some deep breaths and prepare your heart to talk to God. Think about the battle God is fighting for you right now. Is he asking you to do something that is stretching you and causing you to be a little nervous?

praying hands looking up

Let’s pray …
Lord, I am beyond grateful that you have chosen me to be your child, a child you protect. Thank you for each unforeseen battle you have won on my behalf. Forgive me for times I have taken you for granted and not called on your holy power. Forgive me when I seem more focused on my own power. Fill me up today and lead me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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