Thursday, September 26, 2013

1 Samuel 30,31 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 30
Notes on God's Plan

GOD’S PLAN - 1). David returned all of the items which had been taken, including new livestock from the Amalekites as well. (v.18-20) It was a tremendous time of grief for David’s men, but in the end, they came out better and stronger. They didn’t lose anything, but because of their struggle, they gained. The trials that we go through are always for the good, and God desires to make us better for Him. 2). David destroyed the Amalekites, because they had stolen his things. (v.17) This was a task that Saul was supposed to have done, but he failed. Now God raised David up and had him complete the task. We need to do all that God has called us to do, because if we don’t, He’ll raise others up to do His will. Either way, God is sovereign and His desires will be accomplished.

1 Samuel 31
Notes on God's Plan

GOD’S PLAN - The Philistines annihilated the Israelites as God had promised. (v.1-3) David’s sons were killed, including Jonathan, whom we know well because of his relationship with David. Saul himself was wounded critically, so death was only a matter of moments away. What a devastating battle for the Kingdom of Israel. God was destroying them because of Saul’s continual disobedience.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

1 Samuel 27,28 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 27
Notes on God's Plan

GOD’S PLAN - David built a life for himself and his men in a foreign land. (v.2-4) They moved to a place where Saul could no longer pursue them and uproot their lives. God wanted to bring them to a place of stability. They had been on the run for years, coming together as an army and defending themselves. God finally allowed them a time of rest.

1 Samuel 28
Notes on God's Plan

GOD’S PLAN - Samuel told Saul that he and his sons would be with him the next day. (v.19) God was telling Saul that he was about to die by the hand of the Philistines. This would have been very disturbing for Saul, but God had finally come to a point of completion with his mercy towards Saul. David was ready to become King and Saul had used his last bit of mercy when trying to call Samuel back from the dead through a medium. When we continue to walk in disobedience, it will always bring us closer and closer to complete failure forever.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

1 Samuel 25,26 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 25
Notes on God's Plan

GOD’S PLAN - 1). David approached Nabal about some help while he was busy shearing sheep. (v.4) Again, David is familiar with sheep as a former shepherd, and just having that common situation would bring confidence to his heart. God helped David again by bringing him to a circumstance that would encourage him. God was leading him the entire way, according to His master plan. 2). Nabal lived up to his name, which meant fool. (v.25) Abigail said that folly went with him wherever he went; she would know as a wife. God planned for David to meet up with this man and women; God knew that Nabal would live up to his name. Our name can have more meaning for our lives than we realize. Anyone can name us, but only God gives us our true identity. 3). David would never have heard Abigail’s encouraging prophetic words if Nabal hadn’t mistreated him and his men. (v.26-29) He may have never even met her. Instead, she came out to save her family, and God spoke through her to bless David and remind him again of who he was. Just as she was saving her family, God was using her to save David from disaster as well.

1 Samuel 26
Notes on God's Plan

GOD’S PLAN - 1). David and Abishai took Saul’s spear and his water jug. (v.12) Though Saul was sleeping in the middle of his camp, David and his man were able to sneak in and out undetected. God had protected them by keeping Saul and his troop in a deep sleep. David was great in warfare and tactics of spying and such, but he wouldn’t have been successful at all without God’s help. God set this up so David could accomplish this feat. He once again brought David to a place where he could spare Saul’s life, though Saul would not have done the same for him. 2). Saul actually pronounced a blessing on David for triumph in good things. (v.25) He had come to kill David, but God changed the situation and had him bless him. What the devil meant for evil, God turned into good. Only God can change us from being someone that hurts others, to blessing them instead.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

1 Samuel 23,24 - Notes on God's Plan

1 Samuel 23
Notes on God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). God told David to attack the Philistines and save the people of Keilah. (v.2) God had moved David to the wilderness and brought him outcasts to raise into an army. Now, it's time for him to start doing the things a King would do. He is moving out for the sake of Israel and attacking her enemies. He is becoming God's savior for His people. 2). David and his men eventually attacked the Philistines and routed them. (v.5) They had nothing to be afraid of because they were utterly victorious in their efforts. They destroyed the Philistine army, saved the people of Keilah (which would spread news of David's desire to defend Israel across the nation) and they picked up some livestock for their supply as well. God gave them victory on many different levels when they were obedient to Him. We must trust God and do what He says; He has many different things working together for our good which we could never understand with our human minds.

GOD'S PLAN - 1). David and his men left Keilah and stayed on the run, moving from place to place. (v.13) God kept them constantly moving, not allowing them to get comfortable and settle down somewhere. They were not to stay where they were, God wanted them to get somewhere else. Had they not had any trouble, they might have stayed put and never advanced to become the king and warriors of Israel. 2). Just as Saul was about to capture David, God sent a messenger to take him a different direction. (v.27) The messenger told Saul that the Philistines were invading, so he had to leave and deal with that dilemma. God brought a distraction to King Saul that saved David yet again.

1 Samuel 24 
Notes on God's Plan

GOD'S PLAN - 1). Saul went into a cave to go to the bathroom, and it just happened to be the exact cave where David and his men were hiding. (v.3) What a coincidence! With God, there are no coincidences. He has everything working with His master plan. God led Saul to the cave where David would have the opportunity to do something to bring this chase to an end. Saul thought he chose the cave to go in, but really, it was God leading the way. In fact, God probably brought Saul to a place physically where he needed to use a bathroom and was searching for a cave. 2). Saul came to his senses and let David go. (v.16-20) God gave David a chance to kill King Saul because he knew that David wouldn’t. When Saul found out, it changed his mind about David; he knew that he could trust him. Saul admitted that David was more righteous than he, more deserving of the position of King. God took a chance because he knew it would bring Saul to his senses. We can always trust that God will do what is right for us, even if it doesn’t always seem like it at the time.