Encounters with the Enemy (I Samuel 19)
In I Samuel 19, King Saul was obsessed with jealousy, envy, and rage. He was so consumed by it that he failed to see the blessings of his most loyal servant, David. Although David was devoted to the king, Saul made several attempts to rid himself of David. After David successfully defeated the king’s enemies, and defended the king repeatedly, David was deceived by the king. Paul warns in II Timothy 3:13, But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. The same will happen to believer’s today. However, God is always able to foil the plans of evil men. We see evil committed every day, yet, we can rest assured that our God is always mindful of our need for protection every day.
In I Samuel 19:6-9, we see that David never once had done anything to incite wrath from the king, in fact, he continued to fulfill his duties; knowing this was God’s will for his life. David continued to fight against the King’s enemies. Often when we are faced with opposition. We tend to neglect our duties and responsibilities that are given to us. We must keep in mind that we are to exhibit that we are responsible to almighty God.
According to I Corinthians 6:18, we must flee temptation and sinful lusts. This is seen in Genesis when Joseph flees from the sexual advances from Potiphar’s wife. Paul reminds us in I Corinthians that when those temptations come there is always a way of escape. As a child of God, after His own heart, we must flee from temptation the very moment we are advanced. The Lord will never allow anything to happen to His children without also providing the deliverance that is needed.
When David was being pursued by King Saul’s servants, David flees to his house and shares Psalm 59:1-2, Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. The main thing for us in handling an enemy is to maintain a daily, consecrated prayer life. David did not think that he had enough courage and strength to handle this trial on his own. He didn’t complain to God that the situation wasn’t fair. He sought God knowing that deliverance is available in God alone. Remember, God gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him.
In I Samuel 19, David’s enemies are awaiting outside his house to kill him. In I Samuel 19:16, David reaffirms his confidence that God will get the victory. We handle the enemy by faithfully fulfilling our duties and increasing our dependence upon God above all others. In Psalm 46:1, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Our God is omnipotent and omnipresent and He can strengthen and supply any need for any trial we will ever face.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for being my refuge and strength. Strengthen me that I may stand fast in the evil day and to trust in Your Word, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
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