"And it was told Saul, ‘Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.' And Saul sent messengers to take David."
I Samuel 19: 19, 20, Amplified Bible
"Backed Into a Corner in Naioth"
"In God's faithfulness lies eternal security."
Corrie Ten Boom
Have I ever felt I was backed into a corner with no place to go and no one to turn to who would help me?
Has there been a time in my life when God has turned the darkness of a situation I faced, into a wonderful blessing?
"When the night kneels down by your bed
In the time of your sadness,
Remember O child of the mountains
This word of the law:
The night is the shadow of God
Who made you for gladness,
And your sorrows are less
than your strength
which He foresaw."
"I believe that God can and will bring good out of evil, even out of the greatest evil. For that purpose He needs men (and women) who make the best use of everything. I believe God will give us all the strength we need to help us resist in all times of distress. But He never gives it in advance, lest we should rely on ourselves and not on Him alone."
Frequently in the Bible there is a story hidden away which isn't a familiar one. The stories of Daniel in the lion's den or Esther the beautiful queen become favorites while the story which is contained in our text for today gets passed over. How sad! For there's such a tremendous lesson in this passage in I Samuel 19: 19, 20.
As a reminder, Michal let her husband David out a window and then covered her own tracks with the lie she cooked up when she told her father that David had threatened to kill her.
Infuriated by David's behavior, Saul's revenge motive kicked into high gear. Without a moment's hesitation he decided to find out where David was and soon a report came back, "David is in Naioth in Ramah."
Now I've read the Bible through before, but I never focused on this phrase as I did today and all of a sudden it hit me. Who lived in Ramah? It was Samuel the priest and prophet. Ramah had become known as a place where God's prophets resided. When David had his back to the wall with no place to go, he went to the city where he knew the presence of God was.
In Ramah, with his spiritual father Samuel, David found protection within a shelter which was filled with God's leaders who were not only faithful but they trusted in the power of God.
The result was that when Saul's first group of messengers arrived to try and capture David, they began to prophesy. And when the second gang from Saul's court arrived, the same thing happened. Furthermore, this scene repeated itself when the third group got to Ramah.
Finally in frustration, Saul decided he'd get the job done himself so he went to Ramah and what happened when he arrived? He began to prophesy, too. Just like Balaam who was hired to place a curse on God's children but only ended up blessing them whenever he opened his mouth. The same thing happened to Saul for in the presence of the power of God what was evil lost its power to harm what was good. Don't ever forget this!
It may be that right now, like David, you feel the entire kingdom is against you. Perhaps it's family problems or financial challenges or health issues. And just like David, you are backed into a corner with no place to go.
My encouragement for you today is to run to Ramah. Run to the protective presence of your heavenly Father. Trust that under His shelter you will be protected. Then faithfully stay within the shelter of His care. And finally, watch as all those "foes" that wanted to bring you down, fall at your feet, unable to strike the one who is covered by the Almighty power of their Father's loving protection.
I love these inspiring words written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, "How easy for me to live with You, O Lord! How easy for me to believe in You! When my mind parts in bewilderment or falters, the most intelligent people see no further than this day's end and do not know what must be done tomorrow. You grant me the serene certitude that You exist and that You will take care." When you are backed into a corner, run to your Father's presence in Naioth of Ramah!
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion;
Therefore I will wait for Him.'
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him,
to the one who seeks Him;
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."
Lamentations 3: 21-26, N.I.V.
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
"Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy
great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!"
Thomas O. Chisholm
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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