Present Dangers Obscure Promises

“And David said in his heart…”

– 1 Samuel 27:1

David’s life certainly displays for us that God’s hand was upon him. He found success through obedience. Called up from the fields of shepherding, Samuel anointed David as the next king of Israel. With boldness, David killed the most famous Philistine with a simple sling and stone. When Saul needed comforting with music, David was called upon to serve directly in the king’s chambers. And when Saul sought to kill him, David resisted the temptation to murder the Lord’s anointed, although given many opportunities. Never striving, his life typified the Apostle Peter’s words, “…humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

When David finally “said in his heart,” obedience began to wane. This misstep is the precise moment when the ruler of David’s life became himself for a time. This conversation within himself was not an attempt to stir the heart towards the Lord; it was removing God from the throne of his life altogether. The constant pressure of running from one place to another to escape death began taking its toll. David’s faith began to waver; A common occurrence that can happen to any of God’s children during adverse seasons of life.

God gave Samson’s parents a promise, but Manoah became afraid of death after realizing they had seen God. He was encouraged, however, by the wisdom of his wife. She knew that God would not make a promise and not fulfill it (Judges 13:22-23). Samson displayed the same faith. When Samson was thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, knowing that God did not deliver mightily, only to let him die of thirst (Judges 15:18-19). Had David put on this same faith, he would have avoided many difficulties and poor decisions.

David’s faith wavered even though the Lord showed miraculous care for him in the past. He had lost sight of his anointing. It would have been better if David had stopped and asked himself, “would God give me a promise to make me king of Israel and then allow my death by Saul?” This pause would have cleared up any issues within his own heart. Is your faith wavering today? It is better to cling on the promises of Jesus than to listen to our voice within our hearts. Remember to pause and listen to God’s voice and remain delivered through promise!

“Would God appoint him king and then allow him to be killed before he could reign? Would God deliver him from the hand of Goliath only to deliver him into the hand of Saul? No, but circumstances have a way of distorting one’s outlook. Present danger often obscures the promises of God.”

– William MacDonald
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