Before we get into our reading today, take a minute to laugh at the “Skit Guys” on Mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!!
1 Samuel 18 & 19:
The wicked flee when no one pursues
Two verses stood out to me in chapter 18. Verse 12, “Now Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, but had departed from Saul.” That verse sums up what had been going on for a while. David had never done anything but good where Saul was concerned, yet Saul was “afraid” of him. We love putting labels on everything today. Somehow if what we’re going through has a name, it makes us feel better. Today we might call what Saul experienced “paranoia” and the solution might well be medication.
Just putting a label on things doesn’t solve the problem and, while I’m not saying medication is always wrong, in this case, it might have gotten rid of the “bad feelings,” but wouldn’t have solved the root issue. In Saul’s case the root was rebellion and disobedience to God’s clear commands. Sin was the root of his paranoia!
Proverbs 28.1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
The other side of that proverb is demonstrated in David’s life. Verse 14 says, “And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him.” Several times we are told that “David behaved wisely” and we can see the results as God repeatedly blessed what he did on and off the battle field. He could step out in faith without fear, because he knew God was on his side. Continue reading