Prone to Leave the God I Love

Prone to Leave the God I Love

Before David became king of Israel, he went through many hard and trying experiences. In these experiences, there’s much that’s instructive and there’s much we can learn from. Our aim is to learn from the experiences of David. David is mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 “the faith chapter.” He was a man of faith. The Lord honored David’s faith while giving him some great victories. Yet his faith was not always constant. There were times when David’s faith completely failed. We can learn from this because there’s times when that happens to us. David’s experiences were a mixture of these two things – sometimes faith and sometimes a lack of faith. From his experience we want to learn how to maintain a more constant faith because that’s what God was teaching him David or endeavoring to.

As a youth in the Bethlehem hills, David developed a very deep spiritual experience. So strong did his faith become that in fact when a lion and a bear threatened his flock, he was able to go out under God’s personal direction and destroy these powerful beasts. Later when David was sent to the battlefront, he became acquainted with the problem imposed by Goliath and his threatening. King Saul and the armies of Israel were dismayed and embarrassed. They could find no solution to the problem of Goliath but David heard Goliath’s defiant boasting and he volunteered to go down and fight with him.

1 Samuel 17:32 David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 33 Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou [art but] a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered [it] out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught [him] by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 

In this situation, neither Saul nor the men of Israel could find a solution to the problem Goliath posed. The problem of his threatening’s and yet David a mere youth found the answer.

1 Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle [is] the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.

David didn’t declare that the battle was his but he did declare that the battle was the Lord’s and that the Lord would give him the victory. It was the Lord that directed the battle and under his direction David slew the giant. It was the Lord that enabled David to do it and David put his faith in the Lord to do it. Because of this great victory that the Lord had given David, Saul took notice of David and set him over his men of war.

1 Samuel 18:5 David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, [and] behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 6 it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 7 the women answered [one another] as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8 Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed [but] thousands: and [what] can he have more but the kingdom? 9 Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

Because the Lord was with David and He gave him victory after victory, Saul became envious as David continued to behave wisely and he was accepted by the people and they sang these praises. It only served to increase Saul’s envy all the more to the point where Saul became David’s enemy and he even attempted to murder him – twice, more than once I think. Saul instructed his men to kill David in the end so David became a fugitive, a fugitive from Saul and he fled to the place of the high priest to Ahimelech as a fugitive and he arrived there all perplexed and worried.

1 Samuel 21:1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why [art] thou alone, and no man with thee?

This was an embarrassing situation. Here was David one of Saul’s men alone and in trouble or seemed to be in trouble to Ahimelech so Ahimelech was afraid and a bit uncertain something was wrong and he enquired what had brought him there. “What are you here for David? It was a bit strange to be alone.” David was fearful of discovery. He felt he could trust no one including the high priest and he didn’t want to fall into Saul’s hands, Saul’s murderous hands, so what to do? The problem posed by Ahimelech’s embarrassing question required him to answer now. David needed to answer for himself. He could tell the truth or he could quickly devise a lie. Unable to trust the high priest not to report him to Saul, David resorted to giving a lie. Listen to his answer:

1 Samuel 21:2 David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed [my] servants to such and such a place.

Pretty vague kind of deception but there was not a word of truth in this answer. David forgot the faith that enabled him to slay the bear, the lion and the giant. Here before the high priest, before a man of God, he lied! For a moment it appeared like his device, his lie had solved the problem and that Ahimelech would be none the wiser. Yet it led to terrible consequences.

1 Samuel 22:13 Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day? 14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, who [is so] faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in thine house? 15 Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me: let not the king impute [any] thing unto his servant, [nor] to all the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all this, less or more. 16 the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and all thy father’s house. 17 the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also [is] with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD. 18 the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.

Serious consequences were the result of David’s lie. It would have never happened had David left the problem with God and not devised a lie, a deception.

David told the priest that he had been sent by the king on a secret errand, one which required the utmost expedition. Here he manifested a want of faith in God, and his sin resulted in causing the death of the high priest. Had the facts been plainly stated, Ahimelech would have known what course to pursue to preserve his life. God requires that truthfulness shall mark His people, even in the greatest peril. {PP 655.3}

In this situation, David displayed a great want of faith, a great lack of it. it didn’t stop here, it continued on into the next situation, one disaster, one into the next! He fled from Nob from the high priest and he fled where? To the Philistines. David is a fugitive perplexed and troubled and his human judgment wasn’t quite right there. So according to his human judgment this was the best place he could find safety with the Philistines. But God would’ve never send David to His enemies. God was not directing this move. It was David’s own impaired judgment that led him to think to go to the Philistines for safety. His judgment was impaired by all the situation. The Philistines were slain by the ten thousands, and they had sung about it. Would they offer him safety?

1 Samuel 22:10 David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 the servants of Achish said unto him, [Is] not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands? 12 David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. 14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore [then] have ye brought him to me? 15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this [fellow] to play the mad man in my presence? shall this [fellow] come into my house?

When David arrived in Gath, another problem there arose, and this problem was posed by the servants of Achish, and their embarrassing discovery that David was in fact their enemy. This embarrassment now required a solution, and David again resorted to deception. Scrambling at the doors, frothing at the mouth, acting mad David did not do this under the direction of the Lord.

The first error of David was his distrust of God at Nob, and his second mistake was his deception before Achish. David had displayed noble traits of character, and his moral worth had won him favor with the people; but as trial came upon him, his faith was shaken, and human weakness appeared. He saw in every man a spy and a betrayer. In a great emergency David had looked up to God with a steady eye of faith, and had vanquished the Philistine giant. He believed in God, he went in His name. But as he had been hunted and persecuted, perplexity and distress had nearly hidden his heavenly Father from his sight. {PP 656.3}

What a contrast is presented, here? David looked on to God with a steady eye of faith was able to conquer the Philistine giant and the bear and the lion. Mighty victories of faith yet in the experiences that followed, David had a serious breakdown of faith, perplexity in trial and he lost it. His faith just crumbled away under the distress of the trial.

Yet this experience was serving to teach David wisdom; for it led him to realize his weakness and the necessity of constant dependence upon God. {PP 657.1}

This was an education for David. This experience was teaching David wisdom, and through these failures, David was learning the necessity of maintaining a more constant faith in God. God teaches us the same thing in the same manner, and I know, I can testify to it.

When we’re born into perplexity and trial problems arise and when our own devising and our own lying makes matters worse and worse, we are learning the necessity of maintaining a more constant faith in God. It’s an education. From our mistakes, we learn our own weakness.

The story of David goes on. He escaped from the Philistines and he found refuge in the hills of Judea. There David was joined by other fugitives, fugitives from Saul. Now word reached him that the Philistines had besieged the city of Keilah in Judah there. David recognized this as another problem yet in this case, David didn’t think to solve this problem himself. This time learning from his lessons, he turned to God for the solution.

1 Samuel 23:2 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. 3 David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?

Next, a fresh problem arose. David’s been with fugitives. They were in enough trouble as it was and so they were not prepared to go out to battle. David didn’t try to force them. He just simply went to God a second time.

David comes back to God again

1 Samuel 23:4 Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

With such a clear-cut directive from the Lord, David and his men went with assurance that the venture could not fail, it did not fail. They gained a complete victory there over the Philistines.

1 Samuel 23:5 So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

No fault can be found in the way David went about saving Keilah. This was under God’s directive. He said, yeah go and save him. This represents a recovery from the period before, when David had lapsed into his own lying and his own devising, and he tried to do that himself. David’s faith started to come back. Before long an even greater test came to David’s faith again. It was reported to Saul that David was hiding in the wilderness at Engedi.

1 Samuel 24:2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats. 3 he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where [was] a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

Unsuspecting any danger, Saul went into the very cave where David and his men were hiding, right into their hands. Saul laid down to rest. How would you interpret this? How did David’s men interpret it?

When David’s men saw this they urged their leader to kill Saul. The fact that the king was now in their power was interpreted by them as certain evidence that God Himself had delivered the enemy into their hand, that they might destroy him. David was tempted to take this view of the matter; but the voice of conscience spoke to him, saying, “Touch not the anointed of the Lord.” {PP 661.2}

David’s men urged David on. This is the providence of God, they said, he should kill Saul. That’s what they urged him on to do. David was tempted. The problem posed by Saul and his murderous designs required a solution and there Saul’s death would free them from an unpleasant fugitive life from having to flee all the time. So the problem of Saul could be solved right then and there by murdering him. Take him out of the way and David was going to become king. David could slay Saul if he would, but his conscience told him ‘No, it’s forbidden.’ David made one concession, and that was to cut off a piece of Saul’s garment, to show that Saul had been in their power. Yet no sooner had he done that, then his conscience got to him and said that was even too much for his conscience.

1 Samuel 24:4 the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. 5 it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. 6 he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he [is] the anointed of the LORD.

In this situation, David was strongly tempted to take things into his own hands, but if he had slain Saul, it would not have been done under the direction of God. Because it was God who smote David’s conscience and the Lord was directing David in the course he took here. David’s men completely misinterpreted God’s purpose in this event. They completely didn’t understand what God was trying to do here.

It was God’s plan to give Saul another chance. That was God’s plan. David’s men didn’t figure that out. I don’t know that even David understood fully. Instead of taking Saul’s life, David demonstrated to Saul that it was not in his heart to retaliate. It was not in his heart to seek revenge. Saul was led to see that David was not devoted to his destruction. It gave Saul a chance to repent of his ways and that’s exactly what Saul did, he repented and left David alone.

1 Samuel 24:16 it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, [Is] this thy voice, my son David? Saul lifted up his voice, and wept. 17 he said to David, Thou [art] more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.

It softened Saul up. Saul repented and left David alone and he returned to where he’d come from. This was the Lord’s will in this event and yet David’s men completely misunderstood, although David was under God’s direction. Saul’s repentance didn’t last long. He soon set out on another campaign to destroy David to the wilderness of Zith.

David discovered Saul’s camp at night. If you remember the story, they approached Saul’s camp at night and everyone was in a deep sleep and Saul and another one of his men, Abishi penetrated the camp of Saul, right to the very presence of slumbering Saul as he was in his sleep. Again it appeared the providence of God was for David to slay Saul. Abishi urged David on. They should slay Saul, he said.

1 Samuel 26:7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not [smite] him the second time. 9 David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless? 10 David said furthermore, [As] the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish. 11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: 

David refused to take things into his own hands. Once more, David was tested to see if he would take these things into his own hands, but again if he had slain Saul it would not have been done under the direction of God. The providence of God is not always what men think. The Lord was working to give Saul yet another chance. That’s what the providence of God was and Abishi completely misinterpreted the event.

The second instance of David’s respect for his sovereign’s life made a still deeper impression upon the mind of Saul and brought from him a more humble acknowledgment of his fault. He was astonished and subdued at the manifestation of such kindness. In parting from David, Saul exclaimed, “Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail.” But the son of Jesse had no hope that the king would long continue in this frame of mind. {PP 671.2}

This was God’s will. Saul was even more repentant. In these situations, David was a man of faith and he was under the direction of the Lord in these matters. But David was not hopeful that Saul would stay in his repentant frame of mind because each time Saul’s heart would change towards David, each time he would come out again to kill David. It seemed like a totally unsolvable problem, something he couldn’t fix. Saul was always the same. He would soften and then turn again, a bit like Pharaoh. David began to despair. He despaired that there would ever be a solution to this perplexing problem that Saul was always the same. David looked at appearances, and he couldn’t see his way through. “How am I ever going to become ruler of Israel?” David couldn’t see it. So what did David do?

David tried to fix the problem himself. David devised a solution himself. Now he started to take matters into his own hands.

1 Samuel 27:1 David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: [there is] nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

Was this God’s will? Did he counsel with the Lord like he did about Keilah?

David’s conclusion that Saul would certainly accomplish his murderous purpose was formed without the counsel of God. Even while Saul was plotting and seeking to accomplish his destruction, the Lord was working to secure David the kingdom. God works out His plans, though to human eyes they are veiled in mystery. Men cannot understand the ways of God; and, looking at appearances, they interpret the trials and tests and provings that God permits to come upon them as things that are against them, and that will only work their ruin. Thus David looked on appearances, and not at the promises of God. He doubted that he would ever come to the throne. Long trials had wearied his faith and exhausted his patience. {PP 672.2}

The providence of God was actually working to secure David the kingdom and yet it didn’t appear that way to David. It appeared perplexing and he didn’t understand. We can’t understand what God’s doing with our life and neither did David. When the trials and testing come to us, we think, “Oh, God’s against us! This is working at my ruin!” We don’t always understand the providences of God. His faith just went weary because of all the long trials. It again collapsed. David didn’t understand the working of God’s plans for him. Neither can we. Looking at appearances, David’s faith again lapsed into another period of his own devising and his own solutions.

He again went to the Philistines thinking to solve, to fix the problem of his life. Interestingly enough the Philistines received him this time and they were happy to receive him this time. Achish king of Gath, he went there again. Achish king of Gath, flattered himself that an Israelite would seek his protection. So David and his men were able to obtain the city of Ziklag. Achish gave him the city of Ziklag. David and his men and their families went and dwelt there.

According to David’s human judgment, he was secure, secure from the threat that Saul had posed him. Here among the Philistines, he felt secure from Saul. Problem fixed. But this was David’s own plan, it was his own devising, there was not one thread of God’s devising in this plan. It wasn’t God’s plan for David.

The Lord did not send David for protection to the Philistines, the most bitter foes of Israel. This very nation would be among his worst enemies to the last, and yet he had fled to them for help in his time of need. Having lost all confidence in Saul and in those who served him, he threw himself upon the mercies of the enemies of his people….God had appointed him to set up his standard in the land of Judah, and it was want of faith that led him to forsake his post of duty without a command from the Lord. {PP 672.3}

When our faith crumbles, we do some funny things. We flee to our enemies. Again, it was a want of faith that led David into this situation. David made this plan to find security among the Philistines and sometimes we make plans to find security in the world with the Philistines in the world similar when our faith crumbles. But it only leads to worse things.

Trusting in human plans and devising leads to what? More of the same. What did David do while among the Philistines?

1 Samuel 27:8 David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those [nations were] of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt. 9 David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish. 10 Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites. 11 David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring [tidings] to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so [will be] his manner all the while he dwelleth in the country of the Philistines. 12 Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.

Oh what a deception this was. To keep up appearances among the Philistines, David undertook this elaborate deception. He went and slaughtered the Amalekites and left none of them alive so the deception couldn’t be discovered so they couldn’t tell on him, and then David went and told Achish he’d attacked Judah and Israel, his own people. David did this to convince Achish that he could be trusted “You can trust me, Achish.” Achish believed him and he said, “Oh, he’s made himself utterly abhorrent to Israel. He’ll be my servant forever now.” Achish believed him. David’s conscience must have been really twisted up now.

Because David had gained Achish’s trust and he had demonstrated to Achish that he was willing to go and fight against Israel, his own people – he’d shown Achish, “Yeah, I’ll do that” – Achish naturally expected that when the Philistines went to war against Israel, that David and his men would come and fight because they’d done it before. He believed they’d done it although that he hadn’t. Achish expected him to go to war against his own people, the people of God. That’s exactly what happened. Just gets you into more entanglements.

1 Samuel 28:1 it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.

What a predicament. How did David answer?

1 Samuel 28:2 David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.

David gave this kind of vague answer, “Surely thou will know what thy servant can do”. Whatever that means which Achish interpreted to be positive and he said, “I’ll make you the keeper of my head forever now.” Oh what a predicament. What an embarrassment, what a shameful embarrassment David was in. If he refused to go to war with the Philistines, Achish would see how deceptive he was, he’d quickly see that and a proven deceiver was a dangerous man.

Had Achish found out, like all ancient kings who retained their power through ruthless elimination, David would have been put to death on the spot, and all his family and followers as well had he found this out. He was in a very tight situation. If David went to war, on the other hand with the Philistines, and if he had fought against his own people, he would have been a traitor to God — because they were the people of God, Israel. That would bar him from the throne of Israel for ever. The Israelites would never accept David as king if he fought with the Philistines against them. How would God’s promise ever be fulfilled if he did that? In all this David was the architect of his own problems. Know the feeling? Yeah, I do too.

David found himself marching with the Philistines toward the battlefront. What to do? Terrible situation. Here was a desperate, desperate problem that urgently required a solution. This was a problem way beyond David’s deceptive powers. In this situation, it was really out of David’s control. You know what it feels like, when a situation gets out of control and you can’t do anything to fix it anymore? This was where David was. Where you’ve done something, and you’ve done it, and you’ve done it even worse, and you had a lack of faith, and you’re in a situation where you can’t get out. It’s out of your control.

It’s time to trust in God but you should trust God before and David should have trusted God before this. Nevertheless God rescued David, and he will rescue us too. He’ll get us out of our own mess. Although we don’t deserve it, David fully deserved the reward of his own devising’s yet God intervened to save him.

But the Lord in His great mercy did not punish this error of His servant by leaving him to himself in his distress and perplexity; for though David, losing his grasp on divine power, had faltered and turned aside from the path of strict integrity, it was still the purpose of his heart to be true to God. {PP 690.2}

Isn’t that the purpose that all of us have? What mercy God has for his erring children! When though perplexity in trial we lose our grasp for a while. To rescue David, the Lord sent His angels to turn the hearts of the Philistine lords against him.

The Lord Rescues David

1 Samuel 29:2 the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish. 3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What [do] these Hebrews [here]? Achish said unto the princes of the Philistines, [Is] not this David, the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell [unto me] unto this day? 4 the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? [should it] not [be] with the heads of these men? 5 [Is] not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands? 6 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, [as] the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host [is] good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not. 7 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines.

What a relief God had provided. David didn’t have to go and fight against his own people nor was he left to betray the Philistines in the midst of battle. God in His mercy delivered him from this embarrassment and entanglement that he had made for himself. For ourselves it gives us courage and hope not that we want to go there in the first place, but if we do, if our faith does crumble.

What does David say to Achish?

1 Samuel 29:8 David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?

David still keeping up appearances and says to Achish, “What have I done wrong? Why shouldn’t I go and fight against the Israelites?” What was the reply of Achish?

1 Samuel 29:9 Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou [art] good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.

The reply of Achish was, “You’re as an angel of God, a good, honest, angelic person.” Oh, how his conscience must have felt!

The reply of Achish must have sent a thrill of shame and remorse through David’s heart, as he thought how unworthy of a servant of Jehovah were the deceptions to which he had stooped. {PP 691.5}

How unworthy he felt in such a situation? Thus the snare in which David had become entangled was now broken and he was free. God provided relief for him. After this period with the Philistines, David’s recovered himself again and his faith was again restored in the Lord. Again he went on to seek the Lord’s directives. This was or that way, Lord?

I thought this didn’t relate to David’s life but it was a good summary.

Many are unable to make definite plans for the future. Their life is unsettled. They cannot discern the outcome of affairs, and this often fills them with anxiety and unrest. Let us remember that the life of God’s children in this world is a pilgrim life. We have not wisdom to plan our own lives. It is not for us to shape our future. {MH 478.3}

God was working to shape David’s future and it was God who was working to secure him the kingdom. David wasn’t working all that out. It was God. David, looking at appearances saw these things only working his ruin. He didn’t see the outcome. Not having the wisdom to plan his own life, David’s plan was to find security among the Philistines. But there among the Philistines, he only got into worse trouble and caught up with him marching to war against his own people, God’s people. This was definitely not God’s plan. Nevertheless God rescued him from this embarrassment. In the end it was God’s plan that came to fruition in David’s life happily for him. God’s plan is always better.

Proverbs 20:24 Man’s goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

When our goings are of the Lord how can we understand our own way even? Like David we only see appearances. We only see just in front of our nose as far as the future goes. Like David that’s all we see and when perplexity and trial comes we only see this as working our ruin yet God is working for our best interest through these things. We forget this and like David it’s tempting to plan and devise a solution to fix everything in our life. Go over to the Philistines but we don’t want to do that.

Christ in His life on earth made no plans for Himself. He accepted God’s plans for Him, and day by day the Father unfolded His plans. So should we depend upon God, that our lives may be the simple outworking of His will. As we commit our ways to Him, He will direct our steps. {MH 479.1}

Not even Christ could see past his nose really although he could, he knew a lot of the future that would happen, He left the planning with His Father. Here’s the secret. We cannot always work out our own future. We can’t see past our nose as far as that goes. We have to leave it with God and trust that He does know best and whatever’s happening with us, that it is best and it requires faith. We have to trust God’s plans for our lives.

The continual worry is wearing out the life forces. Our Lord desires them to lay aside this yoke of bondage. He invites them to accept His yoke; He says, “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” He bids them seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and His promise is that all things needful to them for this life shall be added. Worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of God supreme will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet. {DA 330.1}

What about the plans that we make? We have to make plans don’t we? Devise things out and work out where we’re going. So what should we do with these?

Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ. {SC 70.1}

We have plans but we must commit them to the Lord to give them up or carry them out as He indicates because that’s what the life of Christ was like. Just whatever plans you have, let God work it out for you and don’t try to fix it all because He’s working through events. Don’t panic like David and go to the Philistines of this world. Let God overrule your plans, and direct you. This is my prayer.


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