16. Walk the road with those God has placed on your heart

Last week we saw how brave Jonathan was and how he trusted God without wavering. He knew that David was going to be the next king instead of him, and yet he helped him to escape from his father. He did the right thing, knowing that God would honor him for it.

So with the help of Jonathan, David fled from Israel. He made a quick stop at Nob and obtained the sword of Goliath there and then he fled to king Achish of Gath. But the moment he arrived there the servants of king Achish told him how the women sang that David has slain ten thousands and Saul only thousands. This made the servants suspicious of David and they wanted to kill him. David realized that he was in trouble:

"So he changed his behavior before them, pretended madness in their hands, scratched on the doors of the gate, and let saliva fall down on his beard." 1 Samuel 21:13

King Achish was disgusted by this and demanded that David be taken out of his sight. Once again David was saved from the hands of those who wanted him dead. He then went and dwelt in the cave of Adullam. When his father and brothers heard that he was there, they went to him there. As well as:

"…everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented. So he became captain over them." 1 Samuel 22:2

David now had an army of about 400 men. But there are two interesting things to me here. First of all, his father and brothers came. They were the ones who taunted him, who didn't think he was even good enough to be called when Samuel first came and yet here they came the minute they knew where he was. They obviously had a change of heart and saw God's hand in his life. The same with Jesus's brothers, they also mocked Him and didn't believe in Him, and yet after His death James, his brother became the head of the church in Jerusalem. We can learn from this. Those closest to us might not support what God is doing in our lives. They might ridicule us and make fun of us. But when they later ask forgiveness and realize what God is doing in our lives, we should forgive them and join forces with them for the greater good of His Kingdom.

Secondly, basically all the people no one else wanted joined David. He had an army of men with terrible pasts. The Bible doesn't go into detail what they all did, but from what I can gather it wasn't good. These men weren't your model citizens, those you would typically choose for your army. And yet God chose them for David. God knew what would work best. God selected them and later we will see that they became valiant men, trusted advisors and friends of King David. Today we shouldn't look at the past of many people that God puts on our pathway, rather we should see the Godly potential in them. Jesus never looked at the past of any of His disciples or followers and discredited them from following Him. In fact He encouraged them to follow Him. And many of them became faith heroes, people we owe the Gospels to.

Walk today with the people God has placed in your life to help you in reaching your goal. Forgive those that didn't believe in your dream at the beginning and allow them on this pathway with you. And do not look at the past of others that want to join and help you. God knows who you need on this road. He knows who will really help you to achieve your God-given dreams. Do not discredit them, but walk with them, alongside Jesus. Then you cannot go wrong.

Father, thank you for the people that You have placed in our lives. Please give us the discernment to recognize them and to walk with them to the glory of Your Name. You are such a wonderful awesome God, never leaving us to fend for ourselves, but always providing for us. We love You. Amen

1 comment for “16. Walk the road with those God has placed on your heart”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Tuesday, 11 February 2020 at 11:14:45 AM

    Somehow I have managed to miss this part of David's story! Thank you Ilze for going into the detailed life of David.

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