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Devotional

July 5, 2019

Jordan Campbell

Read 1 Samuel 24:16-22

David’s actions—or more precisely, his lack of action due to his great restraint—must have been shocking to Saul. What would he have done had the situation been reversed? In that moment of being confronted by David’s act of mercy, Saul experienced a moment of clarity. He recognized that God’s hand was surely on David, and he left him in peace (though this would not last; see 1 Sam. 26).

This is the power of God working in and through His people. God has called us to live counterculturally, to live differently and express the fragrance of Christ in a world permeated by the stench of sin and death. What we do—or rather, what God does through us—reinforces the truth of the gospel message we share. Does the gospel need our actions for it to be effective? By no means! But when we live in such a way that shows that the gospel is not merely academic, that it transforms us to live like Christ, we display the beauty of the message we proclaim.

In what ways is God changing you? In what ways do you see the need for Him to continue to change you?

July 4, 2019

Jordan Campbell

Read 1 Samuel 24:8-15

Saul and his army were chasing David and his band of men so that the rejected king of Israel could rid himself of whom he considered to be his arch-nemesis. But then, in a moment when the tables were turned and the two ended up in the same cave, David could have been the only one to walk out alive. But he refused to lift his hand against Saul. No matter how Saul was treating him, he was God’s anointed. For David to turn on Saul would require David to turn on God. That he would not do, no matter the risk.

Saul had done nothing to deserve David’s mercy and respect. He was a failed leader. He was rejected by God. He was plagued by an evil spirit and was progressively growing paranoid. Yet David understood that it was not a matter of who Saul was or what he had or had not done; it was a matter of what God had declared about Saul. We would be wise to remember this. There will be times when we disagree with others—even leaders over us—and many of those times our points of disagreement will be valid. But we can never forget our need to extend grace and mercy to others, in the same way God has extended grace and mercy to us.

How can you support and encourage those in leadership positions over you?

July 3, 2019

Jordan Campbell

Read 1 Samuel 24:1-7

It was hard to miss. David’s men saw it. Even David did. Saul had been delivered over to David and his men in what was obviously a work of God. There were numerous caves in that area. Surely God had led Saul into that specific cave for a specific purpose—for David to vanquish his opponent. But had He?

There are times when an opportunity or situation looks to be from God and we respond like David’s men in the cave: Surely this is of the Lord! But we need to be careful because the situation may not be what it seems. Sometimes a situation seems too good to be true because it is. Sometimes what appears to be a gift before us is actually a test, and sometimes what seems to be a test is actually a gift. How will we know the difference? Only by seeking the face of the Lord and trusting in His guidance in accord with His revelation and not our own perceptions.

When have you experienced something you thought was good only to discover it was not? How about the opposite? What was God doing in those situations?

July 2, 2019

Jordan Campbell

Read 1 Samuel 23:1-29

We see an interesting contrast between Saul and David in this chapter. Saul was growing increasingly paranoid (see 1 Sam. 22) and continued to pursue David, the hero turned fugitive. Meanwhile, we also see David in pursuit, but not of Saul in retaliation or even of safety primarily. David was in pursuit of God. When David heard the Philistines were fighting against Keilah, he went to the Lord and asked if he should go to their defense. This was not the posture of a man who was running for his life; this was the posture of a man who was running after God, the One in whose hands he had placed his life.

In fear, Saul had turned away from God in disobedience, which had brought about his downfall. Now we see that he was a man driven by his jealousy and anger. David no doubt feared Saul, but he feared God in a greater way. David’s fear of the Lord led him to seek to obey God continually at all costs, even if that cost placed himself in harm’s way. The same was true, but in a greater way, of one of David’s descendants—Jesus—who stepped into the world in full obedience to God and not only risked His life but laid it down on behalf of the very world that had rejected Him.

Do you tend to pursue God in times of fear or do you tend to turn inward instead? Why?

July 1, 2019

Jordan Campbell

Read 1 Samuel 18:1-30

King Saul had been in quite the bind. His forces had been stuck in their tracks against the Philistines, all while listening to the giant Goliath taunting them and God. But then God provided His deliverance in the unlikely form of the shepherd David. David squared off against Goliath and defeated him soundly, giving the Israelite forces the courage to charge ahead in victory. The result was a slaughter, not of the Israelites, as it had appeared, but of the Philistines.

Saul kept David with him from that day forward, and his son Jonathan and David became close friends. It was the perfect ending to the story, a Hollywood script brought to life. Except it didn’t end there.

Word spread quickly of David’s victory over Goliath. When Saul returned from the battle in victory, the women of the land came out to greet him with singing and dancing. Only they sang a song Saul did not like: Saul had killed thousands, but David had killed tens of thousands.

In that moment, the storybook ending unraveled. Saul became furious, and from this point forward, he looked upon David not with gratitude but with jealousy.

David had bailed out Saul, but that was put aside. More importantly, David had defended the honor of God and brought Him glory, but that too was forgotten. Saul should have joined in the singing of the women’s song. He should have been grateful for God’s provision in his life. But his selfishness and pride wouldn’t let him, so his downfall would continue.

How prone are you to celebrate and be thankful for someone else, even if it comes at your expense in some way? Why?