David heard these comments and was afraid of what King Achish might do to him. - 1 Samuel 21:12
We all have good days and bad days. Often, a really bad day follows a really good day. God, however, is always the same, whatever our days may bring. David found that out.
One day young David had arrived at the battle scene where he heard the giant Goliath, from the Philistine city of Gath, defying God’s people. So David bravely killed him (1 Samuel 17:32-51).
King Saul took David to his palace as his servant, but became madly jealous of David and tried to kill him (1 Samuel 19:9-10). So David became a fugitive. He traveled to the camp of Achish, the king of Gath, and threw himself on his mercy. The servants of King Achish did not trust David, and David was afraid.
David had killed the king’s giant, yet he was afraid of the giant’s king! How can we do so well one day and so badly the next? I know, don’t you? David gives me courage to know that I don’t kill a giant every day. Some days the giant gets us, and we fail badly. Then we may feel like running away. We may lose all sense of focus and feel so down that we have no energy to do anything. As with David, our days will be filled with victories and defeats. But remember, God didn’t give up on David, and he won’t give up on us. So we mustn’t give up! We need to repent, redo, regroup—whatever it takes—but not let the giant drag us down. God loves us, even in our failures. Don’t ever forget that.
For Further Study: 1 Samuel 21:1-15
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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