1 Samuel 29:1-11 - A Picture of God Working All Things Out for the Believer
sometimes we get ourselves into awkward, unpleasant situations that cause all kinds of problems and difficulties. And sometimes the problems and difficulties become critical, appearing to have no answer or solution & there seems to be no way out. The circumstance may be anything that you could be dealing with right now. There is no end to the list of circumstances that seem hopeless, impossible to solve.
But the wonderful message of God's Word is this: there is no circumstance beyond solution, no problem or difficulty beyond the power of God to control or work out, even working the circumstance our for our good. God loves us and cares for us, and He particularly begins to work for us when we face crises. No matter what the trial or temptation is, God has the power to hold us in the palm of His hand and to work all things out for the believer.
This is the message & the lesson learned from the predicament that David found himself facing. In the present Scripture, David faced a hopeless, impossible situation. And it was a situation that was caused by his own shameful shortcomings. Nevertheless, the Lord held David in the palm of His hand and worked all events out for good.
A. The predicament of David: A lesson on evil associations (v.1-2).
1. The Philistines marched to invade Israel - the promised land of God (v.1).
a) Their army was massive (v.1).
2. The difficulty of David's situation (v.2).
a) He had been ordered to march and fight against Israel.
(1) As was seen in the last chapter, the Philistines had invaded Israel with a massive army. And David's forces were enlisted to fight for the Philistines by the side of King Achish. Because of his evil association with the Philistines, David was caught in the middle of a most difficult situation, that of having to fight against his own people, the Israelites.
(2) He was being forced to march against the very people over whom God had chosen him to serve as king. Note that he and his men were marching at the rear of the Philistine army, serving as the personal bodyguard of King Achish (1 Samuel 29:2).
(3) Application: We must have the right associations: Evil associations will always create problems for us. If we become friends with the immoral, lawless, and unjust of this world, they will influence us. And before we know it, we will be participating in their worldly behavior. It is impossible to walk in the footsteps of the wicked and live a righteous life.
(a) Psalm 1:1-6 – don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly
(b) John 15:19 – if you were of the world the world would love its own
(c) 1 Corinthians 5:11; 15:33; 2 Thessalonians 3:6
(4) Compromise will lead to…
(a) Friendship of the World (James 4:4).
(b) Spotted or (stained) by the World (James 1:27).
(c) Conformed to the World (Romans 12:2).
B. The solution to David's predicament: God's power to deliver His people (v.3-5).
There was the solution to David's predicament, God Himself. Only the Lord had the power to maneuver events so that David would not have to fight against the Israelites. Check out what happened:
1. The surprise of the Philistine commanders to see Hebrews in the ranks (v.3).
a) They questioned Achish & Achish shows his confidence in David’s loyalty (v.3a-b).
2. The anger of the commanders and their demand that David be discharged (v.4-5).
a) Three reasons for this demand:
(1) He might betray, turn against them (v.4a).
(2) He might use the battle as an opportunity to join the Israelites and gain Saul's favor (v.4b).
(3) David had been a famous enemy of the Philistines: His exploits had even been celebrated in song (v.5).
b) God has the power to deliver His people.
Paul says that "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV)
The Lord fulfills His promise never to “leave or forsake” His children When everybody had deserted Paul, he said "But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!" (2 Timothy 4:17-18; Deut. 31:6,8; Josh. 1:5; Heb. 13:5 NKJV)
I love what Peter says, he says that "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment," (2 Peter 2:9, NKJV)