13. God protects you

Last time we saw that Saul got jealous of David and of all the honor that he received. He got so jealous that he tried to kill David on two occasions. But God protected David and this made Saul afraid. Yet Saul didn't let go of his jealousy and that made the rest of his life one devoid of joy. We can certainly learn from this and be determined to keep jealousy at bay.

Saul removed David from his presence and made him his captain over a thousand. And the Bible tells us that David behaved wisely in all his ways and the people loved him for it. But when Saul saw this he was even more afraid of him. He then concocted another plan. He decided to orchestrate that the enemy kill him instead. He made known to David that he wanted him to become his son in law in exchange for 100 foreskins of the Philistines.

"So Saul said, "I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." 1 Samuel 18:21

Saul wanted to make sure that David died in the process. He thought that at least one of the 100 Philistines would kill David. But he was so wrong. Not only did David go to execute his King's wishes, he exceeded them. He and his men killed 200 Philistines and brought their foreskins to the king. David went far and beyond what was expected of him and succeeded, because God was with him.

Today other people might set you up for failure. They might want to see you fail. They might be jealous of you and might want to put obstacles in your way. But do not fear. God is with you. God sees your heart and no one can come against you. He wants you to succeed on the path that He ordained for you.

This made me think of the time when the King of Moab brought in Balaam to curse Israel on his behalf. I am sure many of you know the event. He desperately wanted Israel cursed. On three occasions he tried to use Balaam to curse Israel on his behalf, but instead of a curse, Balaam pronounced a blessing on them. Why? Because Balaam said that those that are blessed by God, cannot be cursed by mere mortal men.

And isn't it more true today than it was under the Old Covenant? Jesus came to take the curse so that the blessings can be ours. We are children of the Most High, we inherit all things through the blood of Jesus. Therefore no one can hinder us. No one can place obstacles in our way, or sabotage the plan God has for us. All we need to do is to stay on the ordained pathway of God for our lives. That is all. We need to stay close to Him and abide in His shadow. Then no evil can befall us and no plans concocted behind closed doors can prevail. If God is for us, who can be against us?

Father, thank you that we are safe with You. Thank you for all Your blessings and that You are so good to us. Thank you that You are our Shepherd, protecting us from all harm. We love You. Amen


1 comment for “13. God protects you”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, 20 January 2020 at 4:28:31 PM

    So good to have a safe place, under the shadow of the Almighty!

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