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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
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God Has an Ally For You
“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP
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Memory Verse: And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain. I Samuel 19:6 KJV
God’s anointing was no doubt an asset to David – especially in Saul’s kingdom seeing that Saul’s jealously grew daily against him. Another crown for David’s reign was wisdom (I Samuel 18:30). He behaved himself wisely, and so much more so than all others in Saul’s kingdom that he became known for his wise character. This was not a worldly undercutting of authority – for that would have equaled sarcasm commonly viewed in society today. No, but it was true wisdom that David exemplified. God gave David the ability to know the right thing to do at the right time; and when to stand still; and when to run – for Saul did at times seek his life (I Samuel 19:1).
When you stand firm for God, Satan tries to leverage the weak-minded to make you doubt God; to make you leave the church; to make you curse God and die (that’s what Job’s wife said). But God sees everything the enemy does. He also knows who is helping the devil to accomplish evil ends. God will neither allow Satan himself, nor his accomplices to go free. For a little while, the enemy may have a moment of lightning – but the Lord who is the Bright and Morning Star will not be dimmed in the presence of His enemy. God will not fail to bring all of the Satan’s works to naught.
Saul enticed others to take on the task of killing David because Saul feared the Lord. He knew that God was with David. God also knew that Saul’s heart was full of evil. Saul even purposed to use his own daughter, Michal as a snare to David’s soul – that he would not be able to withstand the armies of Philistines and therefore be slain in battle. God prepared an ally for David, within Saul’s own house: Johnathan, Saul’s son. Johnathan defied his father Saul to save David’s life.
4 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good: 5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause? 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain. 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan showed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past. I Samuel 19: 4-7 KJV
When it was confirmed to Jonathan that his father Saul yet intended to kill David, Jonathan helped David escape. When David went out into the city, who would be there but the Philistines -wouldn’t you know it?
Have you faced a difficult time in your life? Did you hear the mocking voices of others who “expected” you to fail?
Remember that God had a ram in the bush for Abraham (Genesis 22:13). Servants of God are heirs to the same promise. The same God who delivered Daniel from the lion’s den has a way for you to escape the fiery darts of the wicked. God has an ally for you in the midst of your trial.
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