Wednesday, July 11
Today's reading: 1 Samuel 29:1-11
The situation isn't a good one in 1 Samuel 29. David, the man God chose and anointed to be the next king of Israel, is aligned with the Philistines and getting ready to go to war against his own nation! Neither King Achish or David think this is a problem (what?), but Achish's men think differently and demand that David not take part in the battle. As I considered and processed that was taking place in this passage, I was struck by God's goodness and how He protected David through the demands of Achish's men.
God has done the same for me a number of times over the years. The most memorable time of protection was quite a number of years ago when I was getting ready to start a new job that was going to require me to put in massive hours away from my husband. I knew in my heart that the situation wasn't the best for me, but was blinded by the prestige and large salary that came with the position. Right before I was supposed to start, a complication arose and I could no longer accept the position. I was devastated, but looking back I can now see very clearly that God was protecting me and my marriage. Thank you, God!!!
When has God stepped in and protected you (I'd love to hear about your experience)? What does this chapter show us about God being a loving, caring Father who watches over us? Tami
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