1 Samuel 19.1-24
Reference: v. 18 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there.
Explore: Saul had tried to kill David many times. Saul’s own son had tried to persuade him not to kill David. Saul had even sent assassins to his home to murder him. And when David finally escapes – for this chapter anyway! – where does he run? Into the arms of God’s messenger, Samuel. And it’s there that God moves in a powerful way over many people to protect David.
Application: There are always going to be difficult times in our lives. Hopefully not as challenging as someone trying to kill us, but certainly many difficult times come our way. Where do you run to? Do you try to cope all on your own? Or do you run into the arms of God? I know for myself, often it’s not until all other options have been proven void until I run to God for help. And yet he is the one who can do the miraculous, not me. He is the Creator of the world, so who better to run to and call on for help. Our loving, passionate, Heavenly Father is always there for us, crisis or not. All we need to do is whisper his name and find he’s been there the whole time.
Prayer: Ever-present Lord, thank you for being close to us every step of our day. But thank you for particularly drawing near when we need you most. Help us to rely solely on you in all things. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
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