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New Life Daily Devotion - Jan. 18, 2010

  • 2010 Jan 18

Doing God's Will
1 Samuel 24

We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the right thing to do and just an opportune moment. When we are working to make changes in our lives and relationships, we may be uncertain of what to do at times. When this happens, we need to rely on God's wisdom to help us make our decisions.

The jealousy and abuse of King Saul made young David's life miserable. Saul knew that God had chosen David to be king instead of him. Although David was a loyal subject, Saul tried to kill him. Once, when David was hiding in a cave, King Saul came in without knowing David was there. "_'Now's your opportunity!' David's men whispered to him. 'Today the LORD is telling you, "I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish."_' So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul's robe. But then David's conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul's robe. 'The LORD knows I shouldn't have done that to my lord the king,' he said to his men. 'The LORD forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the LORD's anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him.' So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul" (1 Samuel 24:4-7).

David knew what God expected of him in this situation, and he chose to go along with God's will. In trying to give our will to God, it is important to know what his will is in a given situation. When we aren't sure what to do, we can look to see if the Bible gives us any guidance on similar situations. Then we will have a clear view of what it means to turn our will over to God.

When we've turned our lives over to God, we can rest assured that he is with us.


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