Thursday 20 October, 2016

1 Samuel 19:18-24

18 After David had run away and escaped, he went to Samuel at Ramah. He told him everything Saul had done to him. Then David and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19 Saul was told, “David is in Naioth at Ramah.” 20 So Saul sent some men to capture him. When they got there, they saw a group of prophets who were prophesying. Samuel was standing there as their leader. Then the Spirit of God came on Saul’s men. So they also began to prophesy. 21 Saul was told about it. So he sent some more men. They began to prophesy too. Saul sent some men a third time. And they also began to prophesy. 22 Finally, Saul decided to go to Ramah himself. He went to the large well at Seku. He asked some people, “Where are Samuel and David?” “Over in Naioth at Ramah,” they said. 23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God even came on him. He walked along and prophesied until he came to Naioth. 24 There he took off his clothes. Then he also prophesied in front of Samuel. He lay there without his clothes on all that day and night. That’s why people say, “Is Saul also one of the prophets?”

David had escaped from Saul who was trying to kill him. David sought out Samuel at Ramah and they then fled to a place called Naioth. Saul pursued David by firstly sending two lots of men and finally he went himself. All three attempts to take David’s life ended in failure as the Spirit of God caused his enemies to enter a trance like state, prophesying.

I take two things from this passage:

Firstly, David sought out the man of God when he was in trouble. It says David told Samuel all that Saul had done. It reminds me of the importance of open and honest relationship with Godly leaders. I’m encouraged to nurture and maintain such relationships and to reach out when I am in difficulty. At critical times these God given relationships can breathe life into a situation.

Secondly, you can’t help but see the sovereignty and protection of God almighty over David’s life. God’s purposes will come to pass!

Dear Lord thank you for the Godly leaders you have placed in my life. I also thank you for your ongoing protection and will coming to pass in my life as I trust and serve you. Amen

Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods


2 replies
  1. Rosie says:

    Thanks Ainslee. I find this story almost comical. Saul wants to come against David but every attempt not only fails but Saul himself is laid naked before God, prophesying! I’m reminded of the verse that no weapon formed against us will prevail – this story is all about Gods supernatural protection in action for David. Gods spirit is a formidable force and it surrounds us too. That gives me confidence to face today, knowing as I walk with him , nothing can prevail against me.

    • David Newton says:

      Yes it seems that in times of extreme trouble running to the most Godly person you know is a wise strategy. Thank Ainslee & Rosie!

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