THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __1 Samuel 24:9-22; __1 Samuel 25:1-13
Focal verse(s): 1 Samuel 24:16, 20: “When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 20 Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.”
Saul was shocked that his enemy David had not tried to kill him. He was convinced David meant him no harm when David showed him the piece of his robe he had cut off while Saul was relieving himself in the cave. Saul acknowledged David’s righteousness and said that he knew David would become king, but asked David to promise he would not destroy Saul’s family when he came to the throne. David so promised and Saul returned home, humbled by the obvious anointing of God on David’s life. Samuel died and David moved to the Desert of Maon, where times grew tough. He appealed to a rich man named Nabal for some provisions, but Nabal refused with bitter contempt toward David. David was so furious that he took 400 of his men to go and kill Nabal. Nabal’s name meant “fool” and he certainly was foolish not to provide David with provisions! David was a mighty warrior and was providing protection for the area in which Nabal lived, plus the fact that he would be the next king of Israel! The Bible tells us not to refuse anyone in need (1 John 3: 17). Who knows, we may be refusing an angel in disguise when we turn down a beggar! (Hebrews 13:2) What are you doing personally to help those who are in need or in distress? David was soon to be king of Israel, yet had fallen on very hard times. Are you a Nabal (enemy) or a Jonathan (friend) when it comes to helping people? Pray that God will give you spiritual eyes to see needs of people around you today.