1 Samuel 27
“Avoiding the halls of discouragement”
In the 26th chapter of 1st Samuel the final words of Saul to David are, “May you be blessed, my son David! You shall both do great things and also still prevail.” Two things become quite apparent as we read the 27th chapter of 1st Samuel:
1. David didn’t believe Saul.
2. And more importantly, David did not believe the Lord’s ability to “both do great things and also still prevail.”
The first point, in light of Saul’s character was the right assumption
The second point in light of God’s character, was way off base
Oswald Chambers in his devotional wrote, “Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it also means loving and knowing the One who is leading.” Our life of faith is to be lived in knowing Him who calls us to go! But what if you don’t much care for the road you are traveling on? Well then we are faced with a difficult choice; travel on the wide road of discouragement or chose the more difficult road of faith. Hey saints, of all of satan’s weapons in his arsenal, discouragement would be the hall by which all of his other weapons against us enter. For by discouragement sin first entered the human race and it is still the pathway we exit the throne of grace for the dumps of this world. It is in the “hall of discouragement” that we see David “the man after God’s own heart” leaving the presence of God for the world all because he succumbed to discouragement. David, the “man of courage”, who had just crept into Saul’s camp of 3000 commandos and had encircled Saul with a spear was reduced in only a few hours into complete discouragement! Hey, saints choose faith and stay out of the hall of discouragement, keep your eyes fixed on the Author and finisher of your faith!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!