Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 27 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 19-21
Food for Thought: I Sam. 19:18; 21:1-9
David was in a very difficult, dangerous position as he ran for his life. King Saul’s mental condition made it impossible for David to feel secure around him for even one moment, no matter what oath the king had sworn (19:6), and Jonathan, Saul’s son and David’s best friend, confirmed that he could not go home. So he fled. But in his flight, he made some very wise choices.
First, he met up with Samuel, God’s representative (19:18). Some people, when in trouble or pursued by the enemy, run from God instead of to Him. Spiritual support in time of need is vital to making it through the problem. Nowadays, our spiritual support comes foremost from the Holy Spirit, Himself. In addition, it comes from ministers and also from the entire Body of Christ, the Church. Every member is a vessel of the Holy Spirit and, if he or she has made himself/herself available to give a word from the Lord, it will be invaluable to the one facing the challenge.
When it became necessary for David to move on, he went to see Ahimelech the priest. There, he asked for bread. Of course, David was thinking practically for survival and needed sustenance. Now, our Bread comes from Jesus Himself. He says in John 6:51, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” Jesus also says in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” This living Bread sustains us daily and eternally, even in the presence of our enemy.
Next, David asked for a weapon and was given the very sword that he had removed from Goliath and was stored behind the ephod. We’ve all been provided with a sword with which to defend ourselves: the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Eph. 6:17), which is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). Nothing does better to fight against the enemy than the Word of God that strengthens our faith and accomplishes much as we speak it out.
Supplied with all these things—the spiritual support, the Bread of Life, and the Sword of the Spirit—we will not only survive the threat, but come out victorious. However, lacking any one of those elements will make the escape quite treacherous with no guarantee of success. We need them all, and the Lord is ready to supply them as we daily face the enemy who, as a roaring lion seeks whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8).
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):