Sunday 16 October, 2016

1 Samuel 18:10-16

10 The next day an evil spirit sent by God came powerfully on Saul. Saul began to prophesy in his house. At that same time David began to play the harp, just as he usually did. Saul was holding a spear. 11 He threw it at David. As he did, he said to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David got away from him twice. 12 The Lord had left Saul and was with David. So Saul was afraid of David. 13 He sent David away. He put him in command of 1,000 men. David led the troops in battle. 14 In everything he did, he was very successful. That’s because the Lord was with him. 15 When Saul saw how successful David was, he became afraid of him. 16 But all the troops of Israel and Judah loved David. That’s because he led them in battle.

There are many doors in life. Some are to be walked through and lead to our destiny. Some are to be closed tight and never opened. Saul opened one of these doors – the door of anger and jealousy (see yesterday’s passage – 2 Samuel 18:8-9).  I’m amazed at how quickly disaster came to Saul – the very next day! (V10) Adds new urgency to the old verse “don’t let the sun go down on your anger” (Eph 4:26)

There’s another door that’s mentioned in this passage and that’s God’s door. David opened it and God came into his life. Twice this passage mentions the reason for David’s success was because God was with him. (V12 and 14)

I love that the same door, God’s door, is available to me to. I “open” it by faith and prayer. He is waiting for me to open the door so He can come into my life. So He can flood my life with all His mercy, His love, His favour, His strength, His peace.

I need only ask.

Dear God,
I’m sorry for opening doors I know I shouldn’t.
Thank you for sending your son to die on the cross – to pay for all my wrong doors. Please come into my life just like you did for David. I open your door today.   Amen

Written by Boudy VanNoppen

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