Today's Devotional Thought
May 17, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
What Are You Thinking?
It tells us in scripture that David was a man after God's own heart. David was anointed king of Israel at a young age. Saul was the reigning king at the time of David's anointing and over the course of time David found himself a part of Saul's life and family. He married Saul's daughter and became best friends with Saul's son Jonathan. David's popularity grew and he was great in battle and because of this, Saul's anger grew toward David and jealousy over took Saul to the point that he wanted to end David's life.
Now David always spared Saul's life when he came face to face with him and he was faithful to the Lord. However, we see in 1 Samuel 27:1 that David found himself afraid that Saul would come after him. So he made the decision to move into the Philistine's camp (the enemy) to hide.
So, how does this apply to us?
God always watched over David and David always came out on top when circumstances looked grim. But for some reason in this situation, David forgets about God's provision and protection and begins leaning on his own understanding of the situation.
How many times do we do this too? We find ourselves in a situation that scares us a bit or in one that we are uncertain of and all of sudden we seem to develop amnesia where God's protection and provision are concerned. And we decide we are going to tackle our circumstances the way we see fit instead of lifting it before the Lord and asking for His wisdom and direction. When we take our eyes off of God and put then on ourselves or our circumstances, we then become pessimistic about life in general and begin to scramble to come up with a way out. With our eyes on God we can be more optimistic with where our lives are going and in whose hands they are going.
David went into the enemy's camp and lived there for 16 months 1 Samuel tells us. You can not live with the enemy and not become like them. And before too long, David and his men were killing and taking what wasn't theirs. Some commentaries tell us that he did this because these tribes were mean and they were known to orchestrate sneak attacks on other tribes and David thought he would get to them before they got to him. This does not justify what David did. His actions were wrong and all done out of what HE thought was right in the moment and not what God had led him to do.
Do we act before we seek God's direction and wisdom in our life? Do we go with what our heart is telling us? When we go with what we are feeling in our heart we often times find ourselves in a spiritual compromise. We must not allow our own feelings to get in the way of what God is telling us to do.
If you are facing something today that you are uncertain of, don't act without seeking God's direction. Make certain that you are walking in His ways and doing His will and not what YOU think and feel you should do.