302 Learning from the Past

“Then David thought to himself, ‘One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines’” (1 Samuel 27:1).

What follows this verse records an awful series of events where David lied and lived by his wits to survive in the land of his enemy, culminating in his own men wanting to kill him (30:6). Yet You still delivered him!

I hope David’s mistakes are obvious to you. First, he forgot My Word that he would be the anointed king of his people so Saul would not be able to kill him. Then he reacted in fear without consulting Me. Your thoughts are not My thoughts as you well know (Isaiah 55:8). Your freewill enables you to go your own way, but it can take you out of My protection and care.

But My love for My children does not depend on their actions. When David came in contrition back to Me, I was able to strengthen and guide him to overcome once more. As I loved David I also love you. And the stories of My dealings with Israel are recorded as lessons for you (1 Corinthians 10:6). Learn them well and you will avoid much distress.

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