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Project 66 – Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel

Three days into my travels without a CD player or iPod has compelled me all the more to keep my focus on the Lord and His word, mostly Project 66.

It’s amazing how I can scarce keep my focus on prayer for more than 5 minutes but I can rehash a memory or a “what-if” scenario in my mind for 15 minutes without interruption. Fifteen minutes gone, lost forever, and not one single benefit from it.

So I thank God that He has brought this project to mind, because it has been very ministerial.

Judges – 1 Samuel

Judges 21:25 A good summary verse of the decline of the book of Judges

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Of course, not everyone thought like Hitler or Stalin, but they just made sure that they looked out for number one in their lives, no matter the cost. Needless to say, chaos and pain abound.

You can read Judges and see the degradation of the situation increase as they move further and further away from the Lord’s prescribed ways.

Thankfully, we have Ruth to go to for a breath of fresh air, after reading Judges 17-21.

  • Instead of unfaithfulness, there is loyalty.
  • Instead of immorality, there is purity.
  • Instead of battlefields, there are harvestfields.
  • Instead of warrior shouts, there is the harvesters songs.
  • There are no miracles in Ruth, Judges had lots.
  • There are no villians in Ruth, Judges had gobs.
  • This is a book that is just “life as usual” and yet it is exceptional.

Ruth 1:16-17 Turning point of all 4 chapters as well as for the Messianic Line

But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you,
or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.”

A promise made, a promise kept. So unlike the book of Judges where everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

I’m also struck by Naomi. What if she had not stopped entreating Ruth to leave, but sabotaged the whole relationship and sent Ruth packing? There is faithfulness of both women’s parts. I fall more in love with this book each time I read it!

Ruth 1:16-1

Ruth Commiting herself to Naomi

Enough about David’s great-grandmother, what about David himself?!

1 Samuel 17:45 – One of two people come to mind when you say David’s name, I’m going to think on Goliath instead of the other!

Then David said to the Philistine (Goliath),
“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.
But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel [or your name], whom you have defied.”

Though that is all that is required for my little Project 66, I am including for my own sake, verse 47:

“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

What boldness! No wonder his older brother thought he was being a brat and troublemaker! O Lord, make me a “troublemaker” like David, so that I too may kill the spiritual Goliath’s in my own life.

That’s it for now. I’m writing from St. Louis at my brother’s house. And can’t wait to get the kayak out on the lake in just about 10 minutes. It’s a great place to ponder some more on Project 66 and the Lord of the Project Himself!

Tragedy of Being Unprepared

We come to the conclusion of 1 Samuel and the conclusion of the people’s king, Saul. Sin causes such chaos and confusion.

What a sad plot Saul’s life took. As sad as anything is in this account, sad is the absence of any kind of sorrow or repentance or crying out to God at all on Saul’s part. He was told the previous day that he would die, yet he does not seem to have prepared his soul to meet God in any way.

When Saul saw the Philistine army preparing to attack Israel, he spent his time going undercover to a witch’s cove. No preparation of his army. No preparation to meet God. No preparation from a kingly standpoint except to consult a medium. So no wonder when the Philistines attacked all Israel was thrown into disarray and slain on Mt. Gilboa.

Lord God, as I hear hard words or encounter difficult times, may I cry out to You, and be quick to repent lest it give the Philistines the victory.

And to think…David wanted to be a part of this group of Philistines. It was the Lord’s mercy that did not allow David to take up with these enemies of the Lord. David would have had a hand not only in slaying Saul, but in killing his covenantal best friend, that brave and worthy Jonathan. To the end, we see Jonathan loyally fighting for his God, his country, and his father the king unto the very end.

Merciful Saviour, how I thank You for sparing me the many snares I would I have chosen to fall headlong into, if it were not for Your intervention.

As much as the events of Saul and his family’s death grieved David, it is clear to see that it did provide David a smoother path to the kingship of Israel in the aftermath. I’m thankful the Lord is able to see the big picture.

What can be said about suicide? Saul’s beginning looked so bright, but as time took it’s toll on this tall, handsome man, jealousy took over. Even to the point that it led to the sin of suicide. After all, suicide is self-murder. Yet, it is wrong to regard suicide as the unforgivable sin.

There is no depth that a person (yes, even a Christian), won’t go, if we start trusting in our own hearts more instead of God’s will. And this isn’t even addressing the physical suicidal causes. The Christian is not granted a special hedge of protection over the synapses of the brain or the chemical balance of it. We are prone to heart disease, liver disease, and any other organ disease, including the brain, just like the rest of the world.

Every sin is forgivable. Every poor choice we make is forgivable. But just as in this story…the tragedy is so far reaching. All of God’s people were in total chaos and on the edge of captivity. It was even used to glorify pagan gods and to mock the living God (to proclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people).

Giver of Life, help me to embrace You as the source of Life. During the darkness of life may I lean hard on You rather than leaning on my sword.

Out of the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead arose valiant men who gave kindness to the memory of Saul, Jonathan, and Saul’s other sons. Many years before, Saul delivered their city from the Ammonites, and they faithfully repay the kindness God showed them from the hand of Saul. And so the men of Jabesh Gilead took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from their place of humiliation and gave them a proper burial.

Lord Jesus, help me to give tokens of my appreciation and gratitude to the many people You have used in my life to deliver me from the “Ammonites,” while they are still alive. Oh for a deeply grateful heart!

Return to the Lord

This is a turn-around-chapter for David (1 Samuel 30). For 16 months he’s been mercilessly raiding other villages, being sure to leave no survivors behind in order to cover his sin (compare David’s tactics with the Amalekites “merciful” kidnappings!); and even arrived to the point where he was ready to battle against God’s people of whom he was to be king!

And remember how he got himself into this whole mess? David said in his heart lies, old tapes, discouragements, etc. But in this chapter, after much orchestrating and corralling by the Lord, David returns to the Lord in his thinking.
David strengthened himself in the Lord!
Our heart is the battlefield for the soul!

When the Bible reads “Now it happened…” I take great comfort knowing that the Amalekites invasion didn’t “just happen.” God had a purpose for orchestrating this whole thing in David’s life. Yes! Even though it affected 600 men and their families!

So it was “All had been lost.” At this point, David has nothing more to support him. No one in Israel can help him. The Philistines don’t want him. His family is gone; all he has owned is gone.

But at least he has his friends, right? Not really; the people spoke of stoning him. Every support is gone, except the Lord. That is a good place to be in, not a bad place.

So after God has painted him into a corner, David reaches out to the character of God. David went to Him for comfort when everything and everyone was against him.

He knew there was no one to turn to for strength in such an overwhelming crisis except the Lord…and he had confidence that the Lord would be merciful even after 1-1/2 years of doing his own rebellious way!

Yes, even backslidden David, wayward David, “fight-with-the-Philistines” David can reach the ear and heart of the Lord! Why would God strengthen him? Because God is rich in mercy and grace. David was completely broken, bringing absolutely nothing but filthy, empty hands to God.

It is not the sinlessness of our hearts that causes God to bend His ear. Sometimes we think we have to achieve God’s blessing or strength, but David shows us another way…and how much more does the Son of David offer us a freer way!

David is given assurance from the Lord that he shall have the victory over the Amalekites. But even after being given the God-backed-guarenteed win, 1/3 of David’s men (200) were still too emotionally drained and physically exhausted from their 3-day (75 miles) march to Ziklag.

This might have been tremendously discouraging to David. As he pursues a significantly larger Amalekite army, he finds that one-third of his men can’t continue.

But David doesn’t let this trial stop him. His faith is being revived by the mercy of God and he continues on his battle to reclaim lost treasures!

After leaving behind 200 fighting men, he marches toward the Amalekites with a strong resolve to secure what had been lost. But then they come across a man collapsed in the wilderness.

It would have been easy, and perhaps logical, to ignore this man because they had a “much greater” mission in pursing the Amalekites. But David and his men show unexpected kindness to this man,
and they gave him bread and he ate, and they let him drink water.
A revival seems to be occuring in the heart of David!

The Egyptian man is able to lead David to the Amalekites (just like God to give him a pat on the back for meeting this one man’s needs!). After assessing the situation, David clearly sees that the best strategy is to attack when all of the enemy are suffering hang overs from the victory celebration!

Everything that the enemy had taken, David took back. God gave him a complete victory. God gave David even more than what was promised. He received spoil from the battle, beyond what had been taken from Ziklag. This was blessing straight from the grace of God.

(Now, in the great battle of Christ on our behalf, He has not only given us back what we lost, but He has given us what Adam in his perfection never had. The Lord’s restoration always exceeds our losses!)

After the great victory, the 400 fighting men returned to the other 200 weary men who stayed by the stuff. The worthless men looked at the spoil and said, We fought for this spoil and it is ours.”

David looked at the spoil and said, “Look at what the Lord has given us.” When we look at it that way, how could we not share? When the Lord had given David such a great victory, he really saw it as the Lord’s victory more than his own.

In response to this spat, David declares an important principle:
the supply lines are just as vital as the soldiers are and God will compensate both “soldiers” and “supporters” properly.

The closing verses are David doing his Steps 8 & 9…he’s making amends to his family and friends who were affected by his defection to the Philistines. He knows he must do whatever he can to put things right again, so he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah.

While 1 Samuel 27:1 shows us how David could fall so far short, this chapter outlines for us his journey back to the arms of God and into His will:

  • David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
  • David inquired of the Lord.
  • David believed God’s promise.
  • David did what God told him to do.
  • David showed unexpected care and kindness to others.
  • David saw it as the Lord’s victory.
  • David shared the reward with others.
  • David did what he could to mend relationships.

Merciful Restorer, teach me to encourage myself in You, to strengthen myself in You, even when my scaffolding all around me collapses. Keep the thoughts and intents of my heart solely captivated by You and Your beauties.

Another quote from Charles Spurgeon (just be thankful I don’t include nearly as much as I would otherwise from him!)

“May you see your self-righteousness burned like Ziklag, and all your carnal hopes carried away captive, and may you then encourage yourselves in Christ, for He will recover all for you, and give you spoil besides, and there shall be joy and rejoicing.” (Spurgeon)

God Saving Us from Ourselves

In 1 Samuel 29, David finds himself in a place he thought he would never be: among the enemies, ready to fight against God’s people over whom he was suppose to be king!

Remember, it all started two chapters ago when David said in his heart “I shall perish…there is nothing better for me.”

Guardian of my heart, set a centurion over my heart and all that it contemplates.

I imagine as David sought refuge among the enemy from Saul’s murderous chases, that he would have thought 1-1/2 years later he would be willing to fight against his very own people. It all started with a quest for security and stability.

Lord Jesus, I want to only thirst after You and to know You, which is eternal life.

We see David having an identity crisis. He forgot who he was – a Hebrew, a part of God’s people. David would have never come to this point in his faith journey if he would have remembered who he was – a child of God destined to be the king of the Israelites (even though it did not immediately appear so!)

The Philistine leaders knew who he really was though! Even though David had forgotten for a season. The Lord is so merciful to somehow continue to use us as a testimony even while we are in the midst of making poor choices.

Father and King, help me to walk in the truth and power of who I am in Christ!

It’s kind of funny to read Achish’s defense of David as from a coworkers point of view in today’s society. “Oh no, Deborah isn’t a Christian at all, I’ve seen how she has lived over the last 16 months and she really is just as ordinarily selfish as the rest of us!”

Captain of my soul, protect my witness and lifestyle so that I shall never feel at home in the army of the enemy.

What a blessing! What a mericul Saviour and coordinator of events, that He would use people rejecting David (who likes to be rejected anyway?) in David’s life as a means of saving him from the shame of fighting against the people he was to rule over! God does make all things work together for good!

“He shall not go up with us to the battle…as soon as you are up early in the morning and have light, depart…”

David wanted to fight with the Philistines against Israel, but God wouldn’t let him. David’s heart is not in a healthy place, but God hasn’t abandoned him! I praise God for the times when He kept me from sinning as bad as I wanted to sin!

Oh Blessed Deliverer! Thank You for Your mercy and protection. Thank You for the times You have orchestrated my circumstances to protect me from myself. And thank You for the times where You just strengthened me to want and choose the better way!

God Meets Us Where We Are!

And we thought David was in a bad place placing his trust in his own heart… but in 1 Samuel 28 Saul seems to be trying to one-ups-him by running to a witch for direction!

Samuel’s death seems to be mentioned here to emphasize the spiritual vacuum that his absence created. It appears that this void was created by Saul ignoring the words of God that he did know.

Saul knew that God did not want him hunting David and trying to kill him. Saul confessed as much in passages such as 1 Samuel 24:16-20 and 26:21.

Yet, Saul disregarded what he knew to be God’s will in this matter. I suppose if I want God to guide me, I’ll need to follow what guidance I do have from Him.

Lord, help me to walk fully in all that You have shown me so that I may know more of You!

I’m impressed with Jesus praying the night before choosing His 12 disciples. As I look at Saul’s servants and friends who helped him find the medium instead of attempting to dissuade him from this very wicked practice, I pray

Oh Lord, surround me with wise and confrontative friends. And help me to be such a friend!

Saul took lightly the word of God with its prohibitions (Leviticus 19:31, 20:6, 27; Deuteronomy 18:9-14) and promised curse (Leviticus 20:6). So simply by not taking the Word at His word, he brought upon himself a curse of God’s face being set against that person.

Oh, Blessed Living Word, increase my faith to take Your word more seriously and live wholly by it.

Interesting that the last time we read Saul using the name of the Lord is to swear to a medium that she will not be punished!

Father, whose name is hallowed, keep me from taking Your name in vain and using it to my own ends.

What a merciful Father we serve! Even as Saul turns to a witch for counsel, the Lord in His great mercy and faithfulness, meets him exactly where he is.

He sends Samuel himself to warn the king of his death, so that he might have an opportunity to make his peace with his Maker. And so when we close our ears to God, He will find unusual – and perhaps uncomfortable – ways to speak to us!

Merciful Saviour, thank You for Your great patience in meeting me exactly where I am.

Strangely, though Saul knew that God would not speak to him in any other way, or through any of the other prophets, he thought that somehow or some way the godly prophet Samuel, conjured by a medium, would speak wisdom to him! Even more strangely, Samuel did! And the message hadn’t changed with time – God’s edict remained the same.

O King of Righteousness, work in me a thankfulness for Your ways and the power to walk steadfastly in them. I desire to talk to You as face to face, and not through any convoluted means.

Power of Discouragement in the Heart

A great big “thank you” to all who have inquired about my missing blogs. I hate to report that it is because I just didn’t take the time to do it.

I’d love to whine about all the computer issues I have been having (as well as many of my friends), but I’ll spare you all that and just acknowledge the graciousness with which people touched base with me to ask about it!

Hopefully in the next few days, I’ll catch up to the readings where St. Philip’s is at, but until then I’ll just keep plugging along in 1 Samuel one chapter at a time!

Today’s chapter of 1 Samuel 27 shows signs of a discouraged child of God! The pressure of constantly running from place to place one step ahead of death finally took its toll on David. In spite of the Lord’s miraculous care for him, David’s faith wavered and he began to entertain doubts.

Would God deliver him from the hand of Goliath, only to deliver him into the hand of Saul? No, but circumstances have a way of distorting one’s outlook. Present dangers and cares often obscures the promises of God.

So David said in his heart “Now I shall perish…There is nothing better for me.”

Oh the power of words, especially those which we say in our heart. What we say in our heart has great power for good or evil.

  • If someone says in their heart, “God doesn’t care about me,” it will make a difference in their life.
  • if someone says in their heart, “I deserve better than this,” it will make a difference in their life.
  • if someone says in their heart, “I come before others,” it will make a difference in their life.

By the same principle,

  • if someone says in their heart, “God loves me and I don’t have to earn His love,” it will make a difference.
  • If they say in their heart, “I am grateful for every blessing I have,” it will make a difference.
  • If someone says, “Others come first,” it will make difference in their life.

David did accomplish his immediate goal of escaping Saul’s constant pursual of him. But now David is in a place of compromise. And though he looks quite content and secure, even finally having his own stable place (beats a camping in a cave) with his two wives to keep him company, this is a very dark period in David’s life.

Interestingly, according to my chronological Bible (which orders all the verses in the Bible in the order in which they happened), there are no Psalms that were written by David during this time.

During David’s 16-month stay with the Philistines, David made raids against
The Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites
David hasn’t totally turned against God and His people. For now, he only attacks the enemies of Israel. This probably gave David some comfort, but it is a small consolation to know that you aren’t as bad as you possibly could be.

In his raids, David killed all the men and the women, so his lie to Achish would not be exposed. Much later in his life, we will see a far more notorious season of sin with Bathsheba, and how he ended up killing Bathsheba’s husband Uriah to cover his sin.

Though that event is more famous, the root of sin that nourished it began right here in 1 Samuel 27. Here, many years before David killed Uriah to cover his sin, he kills these men and women in his raids to cover his sin. The roots of sin must be dealt with, or they come back with greater strength.

Remember the roots of David’s condition: this was a genuine crisis of faith, when he started trusting more in what he said in his heart (1 Samuel 27:1) than in what the Lord God said to him. David believed the lie that he was safer with the world than he was with God.

Thankfully, God did not bless David where he was at. But neither did God take away David’s calling or destiny to be the next king of Israel. God gave to David some of the mercy David showed to Saul.

Lord Jesus, gird up the my heart to be strengthened by Your words, and not the voice of circumstances and discouragement. Help me to be content to be a refuge rather than be satisfied to settle down in the enemy’s territory…and show me the difference!

Saul & David’s Last Encounter

Just 3 chapters ago, the Ziphites attempted to betray David into the hands of Saul…it was a failure then and it is a failure again in this chapter (1 Samuel 26).
Saul’s behaviour begs the question “what does repentance look like?” I always think of Luke 17:1-5 when I am tempted to define repentance in a strict sense.
But in this case, let’s just say, the Saul seems to have gone back on his previous repentance shown in chapter 24. At that time, David had opportunity to kill Saul, but did not take it.
Abishai reminds David that God has granted this opportunity yet again. This circumstance was not an accident, God designed it – and the design was for David to take righteous vengeance upon Saul.
Abishai even makes it easy for David: Please let me strike at once with the spear.
David wouldn’t have to lift a finger nor in any way be a participant in the slaying of Saul. Abishai would do it, and David could say to himself and everyone else, “I did not kill Saul.”
Many were the people who tried to convince David that he had more righteous reason than ever to kill Saul. Now, Saul had gone back on a previous promise to leave David alone.
When I am in David’s position, I say, “I showed love and let him off once before. I’m full of love, but I’m not stupid. Saul had his chance and he blew it; this time, this opportunity is from God!”
But love, at least in the eyes of the world, will sometimes act in what the world considers to be a stupid way. Jesus said that we should forgive, and forgive, and forgive again (Matthew 18:21-22).
I would say that since Saul deserved it, it was the “right thing” to kill Saul. But if it was the “right thing,” this was the “wrong way.” Often when we have a right thing in front of us, we will be tempted to pursue it in a wrong way.
Jesus showed us how to refuse to pursue the right thing the wrong way. Jesus rejected Satan’s shortcut to the cross. Jesus never did miracles just to promote Himself. Jesus went the way of the cross instead. Jesus shows us that God’s way may be more difficult – but it is always better.

O God of Second Chances, (and 7 chances, and 70 chances), thank You for Your great patience. I pray for a David-like spirit again today. One that takes the high road despite counsel of those around me. I pray that I may be a child who represents that trait about You to others…a God of forgiveness and second chances!

Abigail’s Restrains David. Holy Spirit be my Abigail!

In chapter 24 I marveled at David’s restraint and strength to resist the temptation to wreak vengance against a man seeking to kill him.

In today’s chapter, 1 Samuel 25, I am reminded that beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I cannot stand against the enemy of my soul unless the Lord upholds me moment by moment.

Because in today’s lesson, David doesn’t show Nabal the same kindness and longsuffering that he showed Saul. In just the previous chapter, we saw how David spared Saul’s life, when Saul not only insulted David, but actually attacked him and tried to kill him. David was able to be victoriously kind and longsuffering to Saul, and yet, his guard cannot come down against the sin of vengance.

So this story of Nabal tells me that however long I may have been walking in recovery, or however often I may have onvercome one temptation or another, sin can strike in a single moment and crush me, unless the Lord intervene and protects.

Lord Jesus, Great Guardian of my soul, grant me David’s spirit from yesterday’s chapter, able to chose wisely despite the loss of a dream. Keep me from impassioned sin, and put an “Abigail” in my way whenever I strike out on a trail that will surely lead to disappointment.

“Blessed be the LORD, who has … kept His servant from evil!”

David knew the blessing here of being kept from sin. It surely is a blessing to be forgiven our sins; but it is an even greater blessing to be kept from sin.

Reminds me of how Spurgeon once advised about the need to seek forgiveness of our sins less often if we would seek the Lord more diligently to be kept from sin to begin with.

“There is no way of keeping out the fire of sin except by having the fire of grace blazing within the spirit. We must fight fire with fire.”

Oh Consuming Fire, purify and cleanse within. Let the fire of grace blaze within my spirit and raise my thoughts and actions up to You.

Even from God’s Hands…

I wonder how often faithful David dreamt about exacting revenge against that psychotic, murderous Saul.

  • Thought about it,
  • prayed about it,
  • dreamt about it,
  • plotted it…

only to erase it all from the white board of his mind, and say “Lord, Thy will be done.”

1 Samuel 24 is as if the schemings and scribblings from the white board, find a way into reality. The opportunity has been granted by the hand of God for David to pursue that dreamt-for “justice.”

And yet…

  • Even though Saul had injusticely put David on the run…
  • Even though Saul has his army pursuing David to the death…
  • Even though the situation was orchestrated by the Lord…
  • Even though he had the blessing and help of all those around him…
  • Even though he had God’s call to be tne next king of Israel…
  • Even though…

David chose the harder, more noble, and apparently more disappointing path.

He could have had all of Saul (freedom, dream come true), but instead he only took a corner of the robe (continue as a fugitive).

He again erased the vengance notion from the white board of his mind, and said, “Lord, Thy will be done.”

It cost David.

  • He continues to be haunted and hunted.
  • He continues to wander in the wilderness with just a rag tag army.
  • He continues to experience the promise of God become further and further away in his life.

Oh Lord Jesus, grant a David-like Spirit in my life. One that is satisfied with only a corner of the robe, (if even that is right), and leaves the rest into Your hands!


Yesterday we heard Gad tell David to get up out of the stronghold and to go to the dangerous place where Saul lived in Judah. And if he had not pay heed, the Keliahites would not have been able to send word to request his help.

So even in the midst of crisis and trials God may still be calling us to rise up and come to the aid of others. The Lord may call us out to a more dangerous place than where we are, so we can serve and bless His people more effectively.

In 1 Samuel 23, David could have excused himself from this call for help immediately, without even seeking God. Afterall, it was Saul’s job, not his own.

Or he could have seen it is a great opportunity to gain a following and usurp Saul from his kingly position by playing the hero.

But instead, David shows wisdom and inquired of the Lord.

And the Lord guides him…into more trouble. He already had one enemy in Saul, now he was just adding oil to the fire by stirring up the ire of the Philistines.

And of course, as soon as the Philistines are routed, all Israel (including that murderous king) would know where he was. But the command of God and the need of the people compelled David to endanger himself.

Saul’s premises were correct:

  • God did lead David to Keliah
  • Being in Keliah exposed David to Saul’s attack

But it was not true that the Lord had delivered him into my hand,

David was in a bad place, and he was in a bad place because the Lord led him there. Some might be angry with the Lord, and even give a “I told You this would happen!” to God. Instead, David did the right thing – he inquired of the Lord again!

Jonathan strengthened his hand in God.
Jonathan could not rescue David, but he strengthened his hand in God.
Jonathan couldn’t give David all the answers, but he strengthened his hand in God.
Jonathan couldn’t stay with David, but he strengthened his hand in God.
What a precious gift Jonathan gave David!

Saul knew that David would be the next king, that the Lord had ordained it. Yet, he fights against the will of God with everything he has. Sometimes we do the same thing; we know what God’s will is, but we oppose it by not doing it.

This was the last time David and Jonathan would ever see each other on the earth, and their relationship was still confirmed in the commitmen.

O Great Guide, thank You for Your guidance, protection and deliverance. Just as You led David, I pray that You will direct me by Your Holy Spirit. Thank You Jesus, for praying me home!