March 23, 2017
But David thought to himself, "One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand." 1 Samuel 27:1
There are times when I can convince myself of almost anything--I can rationalize my decisions. When I give myself advice, it's exactly what I want to hear. Self-counsel is like emotional comfort food. It is rich and savory, but it clogs our spiritual arteries.
After running from Saul for over eight years, David was worn out. Coming off a great spiritual victory in which he refused to kill Saul, David "thought to himself." He forgot (or doubted) God's promises and took matters into his own hands. The future king of Israel sought protection in the land of the Philistines. The next sixteen months, living in the land of the enemy, did not make David's life highlight film.
Self-counsel leads to self-directed actions and leaves God out of the picture. An excerpt from the devotional Jesus Calling sums it up well. "When your thoughts flow freely, they tend to move toward problems. Your focus gets snagged on a given problem, circling round and round it in attempts to gain mastery. Your energy is drained away from other matters through the negative focus. Worst of all, you lose sight of me."*
Lord Jesus, guard us from self-counsel. Please help us to never lose sight of You. In Your name we pray. Amen.
* Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, Thomas Nelson, 2004