Read 1 Samuel 19:8-9
Conflict is inevitable. Disagreements and fights break constantly. Notice David’s actions. First he fought, then he encouraged and soothed and finally he fled.
There is great wisdom in knowing when to perform these actions. There is a time to fight for what we believe. When the enemy seeks to destroy us, we must take up our armor, activate God’s power and allow Him to fight our battles.
There is also a time to encourage others. Along the way, others may be sidelined, benched, or stuck in disbelief, fear or worry. Our role in God’s kingdom is to strengthen the believers. Saul was having a hard time resisting the “distressing spirit.” David used his gifts to calm and soothe Saul. We would be wise to use our gifts too when we find believers struggling.
Notice Saul’s reaction was not ideal. Instead of accepting help, he lashes out at the person trying to help. And so it is with others we try to help. But the point I want to make is David did use his gifts to help even though Saul had a tendency to throw spears at him. David ministered without worrying about the outcome.
God always protects His chosen ones. Look how David was safe from Saul’s spear. It missed him. David had chance to escape. God always provides a way out. David acted on it.
There is a time to fight, a time to minister, and a time to let go. The wise believer will recognize, with God’s help, when to do each.
Are you trusting Jesus Christ to show you the time you are in now? You are thoroughly equipped to handle whatever the situation requires.
Lord thank you for equipping us, leading us, and giving us gifts to minister to others. Thank you for your word that leads us to eternal truth of Jesus Christ. In His precious name we pray. Amen.