Discover the Book Mar. 4, 2011

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Following God is Not an Easy Road 

As we open to I Corinthians 10:11-13, it is our reminder as we study the Life of David: following God is hard, it is not EASY!           

One of Satan’s greatest tools is to isolate believers in their minds from other believers around them. He makes us think we are the only ones facing such struggles. 

Beware of Self-Isolationism 

When Satan keeps us from sharing our struggles, bearing each other’s burdens, and encouraging one another—he has pushed our spiritual lives into a potential cycle for constant defeat. He plants thoughts like: “no one else has ever faced what I am facing”, or “I am so bad and no other Christian has ever done what I have done”, or “no believer has ever failed as I have failed”.

 As we read I Corinthians 10:11-13, it is our introduction to how much we need to realize we are all weak, frail, and in need of God’s grace.

 What David faced, we all face; how David struggled, we all struggle. In varying degrees an in various flavors of sin, but we are all made of the same stuff. There are no super-saints.

 “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 

David Faced Constant Insecurities

And Huge Responsibilities

(1 Samuel 22:5; 23:1-14)

With his basic training in the cave of Adullam completed, it was time for David to further apply what God had been teaching him. Thus, the Lord let Saul discover where David and his men were hiding. However, through the prophet Gad, He warned David beforehand to relocate:  

The prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go to the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth (1 Samuel 22:5).    

With no sure place to live and no reliable source of income, David faced constant insecurities and huge responsibilities caring for about 600 men on the run. While David is on the run, Saul finds out that David had been helped by the priest Ahimelech in I Samuel 21:1-9.   

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