Read 1 Samuel 27
David gives in to fear and doubt. He take matters into his own hands without consulting the Lord. Allowing his fear to drive him, he decides to go to the land of the Philistines to flee from Saul.
David talks Achish into giving him some town where he may dwell. The king granted his request. David stayed in that land for close to a year and a half. David turned into a deceiver while there. For he would raid the Geshurites, Girzites and Amalekites. These places belonged to the enemy’s of Israel. David would kill all the people so no one could tell anyone.
When the king asked David about his raids, David would lie, saying he fought against the southern area of Judah or Jerahmeelites or Kenites. Achish believed David. The king thought Dave made his people of Israel abhor him, so David would be his servant forever.
Allowing fear and doubt control us, leads to further sin as we saw with David. If we doubt God’s favor we make wrong choices. God was certainly with David. We saw the various times he escaped Saul. Yet somehow David forgot God’s deliverance. He turned to make things happen for himself.
How often do we do the same thing? We get tired of how long God takes and turn to our own plans. What is the result? We sabotage God’s plans for us. We make matters worse. We lead ourselves into further sin with each self-willed decision.
However bad our decisions turns out, God is bigger. He is able to work all things for good in the lives of those who love Him and are called according to his purposes. Even our mistakes can’t stop God’s plans.
O’Gracious God, even when we mess things up, you are there to make it right. Thank you for loving us and not leaving us to our own defenses. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.