Today’s Verse, 1 Samuel 24:10

Friday, August 4, 2017

This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’

1 Samuel 24:10

Reflections on Today’s Verse

Nowadays, it seems that our society is not bent on exercising patience. Fifteen second stoplights are too much for the average driver to handle. Cries of frustration even increase when the cashier at the checkout counter has to call his or her superiors to verify a price. And lest we forget that a slow internet connection is the end of the world (or no WI-FI for your smartphone).

The lack of patience we demonstrate as individuals in our daily lives also finds its way into our relationship with God. Instead of staying in God’s will for our lives, we are quick to look for less stressful and frustrating situations. We say, “Surely the grass is greener on the other side of the pasture. If I can only get past this hurdle everything will be okay.”

This lack of patience manifests itself into a lack of blessing by God because we have dodged the place He has called to serve Him. What seemed like a good escape plan instead turns into a reality check when God convicts us for that decision.

The LORD taught a similar lesson to David. After being falsely accused of trying to kill King Saul, God delivered Saul into David’s hand. It was a chance given to David to exercise faith and patience. He had a promise of the kingdom, but no command to slay the king. He reasons strongly, both with himself and with his men, against doing Saul any harm.

David knows that his situation is sticky and that he can end it all with one swing of his sword. Yet he realizes that doing so would step outside of God’s call for his life. So he humbly bows before the authority in his life (Romans 13:1-6), and waits patiently for God’s blessing to take him to the next level.

Sometimes it is hard to rely on prayer alone when we want something right now. The process can take time, and often requires a great deal of patience. However, the LORD is like the farmer who knows the cycle of a crop. God Almighty can see the beginning and the end. His vision is not limited by sin or circumstances. As we wait patiently for the LORD’s answer, we can trust He is in control and knows what He is doing. In the meantime, He is growing us into the people He wants us to become. He is using the circumstances to mature our faith.

Before you pack up your bags and move on from a difficult situation at home, work, in a relationship, in the church, or wherever, be reminded that God will make it clear when the time to go forward truly is in your life (if ever). Take the times of difficulties with a good attitude and, no matter how hard it is, humbly obey those authorities in your life. Trust God with the outcome.

This is when your faith will shine forth the brightest—when you have nothing going your way or working in your favor.

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Today’s Prayer

Father, free my foolish heart from believing I need the approval of people when you, the thrice holy God of eternity, greatly delights in me. David’s men would have had him take Saul’s life if they could have. Yet, we are reminded that foolishness often comes in numbers. Protect me from being anything other than what you need me to be in your plan for me. Thank you that my identity is in your Son, not my performance or people-pleasing. Thank you for saving my soul from your wrath! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Reflections, Prayer and Video on Today's Verse are written and recorded by senior pastor Darin Smith.

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