AN ACTIVE FAITH
Monday, December 04, 2017
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“Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands,’ he thought, ‘but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?’” 1 Samuel 18:8

After defeating Goliath, God gave David great success in battle against the Philistines, and this led the people to praise David for his military prowess. But not everyone was so grateful for David’s success. As Saul heard the people singing praises about David killing tens of thousands, he grew angry and jealous. Why? Partly, because he was afraid of losing the throne, but he was also envious of David’s confidence in the Lord.

Saul was Israel’s first king, and God made known to Saul His intent for him – that he would deliver Israel from the Philistines. The fight against Goliath would have been the perfect opportunity. Goliath had challenged the Israelites for just one man to fight him to the death, and in this way, determine victory for either the Philistines or the Israelites. This is when Saul should have trusted God’s promise, and God would have given him the victory David received.

Instead of faith, Saul was characterized by fear. He knew the language of faith, but it was simply spiritual jargon. He said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you” (1 Samuel 17:37). If Saul had truly believed this, he would have gone himself to fight Goliath. Saul did not trust God to deliver them from the Philistines, despite God’s promise to him, and this resulted in both Saul’s military ability and his faith being crushed by the unwavering faith of a young shepherd boy.

God had given David victory in military pursuits that followed and consequently, Saul’s envy and anger turned to hatred. Soon he was mobilizing an army to hunt David down for the sole purpose of killing him. Though Saul feared for his kingship, he did not recognize the bigger problem of ceasing to depend on God. He sought victory in his own self-sufficiency and when David came along, a man who trusted God, Saul hated him for it.

When a person is living in the flesh by human effort who knows better, and someone else comes along, living by the Spirit, especially someone younger, you can be absolutely sure those living by the flesh will resent those living by the Spirit. When we are on God’s agenda we can anticipate not everyone will like it, much less applaud it, particularly those who know better. They are the ones who will be our biggest antagonists. But in living by the Spirit, we will experience what David writes, “My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart” (Psalm 7:10). We will then discover it is active faith in God and obedience to Him that receives the victory in whatever challenges we face.

PRAYER: Almighty God, keep me from resentment and envy, and nurture in me an unwavering faith upon which I act and trust You completely for the outcome. Thank You, God.


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