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1 Samuel 27: In a season of unfaithfulness turn to prayer


From: 1 Samuel 27: In a season of unfaithfulness turn to prayer.

With such a heroic Biblical character like David, it’s hard to believe that at times he would struggle with his faith. However, after being hunted down day after day by Saul it looks as though David has finally hit a breaking point.

“Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.” (Verse: 1)

David might not have said this out loud to anyone. But he says it in the heart, which is where the true sin nature of our lives manifest themselves. David in his heart now feels as though that he will die by the hand of Saul if he continues to live in Israel. And despite all the works that the Lord has done in his life in order to keep him safe from the hands of Saul, David feels as though it is up to him to leave Israel and move in amongst the pagan worshiping Philistines in order to survive.

“And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow. And when it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, he no longer sought him. (Verses: 3 &4)

Hence, David is going through a time where his faith is starting to waiver. But, instead of crawling back toward the Lord seeking his grace, he runs even further away from him toward to a land of false Gods, which was the exact fear David talked about in chapter 26.

“for they have driven me out this day that I should have no share in the heritage of the LORD, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’(1 Samuel 26:19)

So often this is the case in our own lives. When he feel a time of hardships, troubles and grief come over us, instead of falling depend upon the Lord we run from him. We look to our own abilities to fix our struggles instead of seeking fellowship with the sovereign Lord who can heal.

And what’s troubling about this chapter is that not once do we see David seeking council from the Lord. Instead, he elects to follow his own will in order to fix the struggles of his heart.

For that reason, the biggest recommendation I have for readers is to pray. Pray consistently throughout the day and allow your heart to open up to the Lord in order to further the maturity of your faith and feel his presence upon you.

Prayer is the strongest way we can personally fellowship with God. Therefore, look at your own prayer life in order to help determine how much personal fellowship you are having with the Lord daily. As fellowship leads to faithfulness in the Lord and keeps us continuing to seek his grace in all situations that follow.

His Humbled Servant,

W.H. Carston

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