Young David was obeying his father’s command to bring supplies to his brothers and check up on their well being (1 Samuel 17). So he left the flock with a keeper (v20) and soon found himself asking about Goliath’s blasphemies. That is when he was attacked…by his own brother. “Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.”” (1 Samuel 17:28, NASB95) More than family dynamics is going on here, David had already been chosen by God (1 Samuel 16:12-13). Eliab’s jealousy (1 Samuel 16:6-7) was probably in play. “Next” seldom comes without conflict. Father, as we seek you for what is next, we also seek for peace with you. Do not let difficulty dissuade us from the task you set before us. Amen.
“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”” (1 Samuel 1:10–11, ESV) Hannah serves as the example of a woman who gave her child completely into God’s hand. In the midst of her misery she prayed, pouring out her soul before the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15). Indeed in just a short time she had a son (1 Samuel 1:20) and named him Samuel, and when he had grown but only a little she took him to the tabernacle and gave him completely over to God. “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.” (1 Samuel 1:27–28, ESV) Will you do that with your soul burden? Will you completely give it to God […]
““You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit. “You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.” (Psalm 50:19–21, NASB95) The words we say and the intent with which we say them matter, and our relationships matter before the Lord. In Psalm 50, God is prepared to offer salvation, but the indictment he brings against Israel first is one of their intensive self-centeredness. In time they had begun to think that God was just like them, rather than that they were to become like God. But God would now rise and clarify for them the nature of their hidden rebellion. No. God is not like us, It is our call then today to consider Him and not ourselves as the norm for glory. Let us seek him. Be silent before him. Listen. Father, Show us what is next for us, and keep us from presuming our own designs.