Hello everyone, you are doing awesome at the reading challenge. We are almost finished with 1 Samuel and will soon be at our half-way point. Continue to push yourself to read even when your tired, even when you are wanting to slack a day. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. Hopefully over the course of this challenge there will be some new habits created when it comes to reading the Scriptures.
Today's reading is 1 Samuel 23-24
My biggest take-away from this passage is that David inquires of the LORD to seek his next move. It wasn't like he couldn't just act out of his instincts, and even when he did ask the LORD questions, he had to continue to ask them because he was only getting one step answers. One step answers mean you only know what God wants you to do the next step, you have to trust and wait for Him to reveal the next one. Over the course of this chapter, David asked God several times what the next step was. I think I need to rely more on God for those next step answers, even the small ones.
This passage is one of the most interesting twist in the David and Saul saga. Saul is pursuing after David to kill him, yet when he discovers that David could have killed him, he is humbled to the point of weeping. David could have finished off the guy trying to end his life, but instead, he refused to touch the LORD'S anointed. What I love about this is that David knows that he is anointed to be the next king, but rather than taking matters into his own hands, he refused to touch the one whom God has chosen, and up to this point, has kept in power. My take-away from this is that God works through authority and structure, even when I don't always like those in power (ex: the Southern Baptist Convention), but I have to trust that God will bring about change and new leadership on his timing.
What were your thoughts?