There are so many things to pick up on in this passage – the evil spirit sent from the Lord, the idol that Michal conveniently had lying around, the lies Michal told Saul about how David left, etc. However, there are a couple of things that strike me more than these.
I love the fact that when David is fleeing from Saul, he heads straight to the man of God, Samuel. David doesn’t head for home or his friends, but to the man of God. He knows that he will hear from God via Samuel the prophet. This made me wonder – how often do I seek advice from others before I have sought advice from the Lord?
The second thing that strikes me is to what great lengths God goes to protect
David – even as far as incapacitating three lots of soldiers as well as Saul, all of whom have gone to capture
David. However, David is no more special to God than I am. Therefore, I can trust God to protect me too. How cool is that!
Lord, help me to remember, firstly, to head straight for you before I seek others’ opinions and advice and secondly, that you will continue to protect me, even when it might seem I am running for my life!
Written by Ps. Jen Irving