"When Saul saw how capable and successful David was, he stood in awe of him."
I Samuel 18: 15, Amplified Bible
"In Awe of Him"
"The real mark of a saint is that (she) makes it easier for others to believe in God."
What am I in "awe" of?
Has anyone ever seen God's power so deeply at work in my life that they have been in "awe" of what God has done?
"For truth has such a face and such a mien,
As to be loved needs only to be seen."
"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means."
Recently there's been a lot of talk and even surveys taken that ask and encourage people to stand up and declare they are Christians. While it's all well and good to be willing to share your faith and even proclaim your belief in Christ, it's gotten me to do a lot of thinking and studying about what it really means to witness for Jesus. Especially during these confusing times when so many people have lost a great deal of confidence in those who talk the talk but don't walk the walk when it comes to being a Christian.
If I call myself a Christian but cheat on my spouse or name-call a political opponent or lie when I should have told the truth, it doesn't say a lot that's positive about Christians. And sadly, all of us, too easily, get thrown into a big pot together.
The other day my husband and I were watching a show that featured some of the Christian work being done with professional athletic teams. I was horrified to hear a very well-known football player say that two of the players who were preaching the most about their Christian religious faith, when on the field playing the game, were what he referred to as some of the "dirtiest" players in the game. They repeatedly hit other players in ways that were illegal.
After this player finished with his comments, my only question was, "Why would anyone want to be a Christian after hearing how little impact Christ's life had made on these individuals who claimed to be Jesus' followers?"
This brings us to our text for today. The Bible tells us that as Saul watched the way the blessing of God showered down on David and as he saw how wisely and circumspectly David lived his life, Saul was "afraid" of him. The word "afraid" is what is used in the King James Bible but I noticed that the Amplified Bible used the word in "awe" and so I went to the Hebrew dictionary and sure enough, the phrase, "stand in awe" could be substituted for the word "afraid." It seems David's life reflected the glory and wisdom of his heavenly Father so greatly, that Saul was afraid to touch him or hurt him for Saul was in "awe" of David.
Saul observed David's love for all the people he met. And as he studied David's behavior, Saul came to the conclusion which we find in I Samuel 18: 17. Saul decided he would not and could not lay a hand on David.
As I read this text which states Saul was in awe of David I was reminded of an experience recorded in Exodus 34: 29 (Amplified Bible) which says, "When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hand, he did not know that the skin of his face shone and sent forth beams by reason of his speaking with the Lord." When the Israelites saw Moses, they were in "awe" for they knew that Moses had been with God.
As we think about the early life of David, out in nature, communing with his heavenly Father, it isn't hard for me to believe that God's presence had so infused David's life, just as it had Moses' life, that David, too, left people in "awe."
In both the cases of Moses and David, people weren't in "awe" because of who these men were, it was because of "Who" was in them.
The wonderful teacher A. W. Tozer wrote these instructive and well-timed words: "The greatest need of the moment is that light-hearted, superficial religionists be stuck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with his train filling the temple."
The fact is that Moses and David didn't have to tell anyone they were Christians or that they had been with God, you could see it on their faces and that said it all.
"Our power in drawing others after the Lord mainly rests in our joy and communion with Him ourselves."
"Hidden God, ever present to me,
may I now be present to You.
Attentive to Your every word.
Attuned to Your inspiration.
Alert to Your touch.
Empty me that I may be
filled with You alone."
Patricia B. Clark
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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