Giving your all for the journey

David’s followers had to move their whole families to follow him, what are we willing to give up to follow our Almighty leader?

1 Samuel 27.1-12

Reference: v. 3 David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two wives: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.

Explore: David had six hundred men with him and they all moved with him to Gath. This was a huge move as they weren’t all single soldiers who could go anywhere, but they all had family and so they moved their whole homes to this new place to follow David.
David’s followers had to make a big move to keep serving him and following him. On one hand, he must have been a great leader for them to make such a big move. On the other hand, they must have been dedicated followers to transfer their whole families to stay serving him.

Application: David was a great leader but even he doesn’t come close to the leadership of our Almighty leader. God knows what is best for us, he leads us and guides us in our whole lives. So, what would our response be if we felt he was calling us to move to another place? Would we be as willing as David’s men or would we be able to find a justified reason to stay? God will be with us wherever we may go, but when we are obeying his path, that is the place where we fulfil our life’s calling. God is calling you to move, how will you respond?

Prayer: Lord, we can always find a reason to say ‘no’ or even ‘not now’ but we know that our life will be at it’s best when it is obeying your call. Speak clearly to us so that we hear your voice, prepare our hearts so that we are ready to obey. Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.