1 Samuel 30:4-10
Wed, 8 December 2021

Isn’t It Just Common Sense?


What observations can you make about David from the way he responded to his major crisis (vv.7-8)?

Deeper Reflection
WHEN WE HAVE A PROBLEM, the most natural thing that we do is to find a solution. We can be in certain very critical situations where the most commonsensical thing to do is to take immediate action before it is too late. And we will think hard over what is the best course of action that we should take. David was in a major crisis that caused him to be “greatly distressed” (vv.4-6). With his and his men’s families captured by the Amalekites, with lives in danger, it should be just simple common sense that David go and save them before whatever harm may befall them. But David “inquired of the LORD” instead (v.8). And David was not asking God to show him what he should do. He asked God, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” (v.8). These two questions contain certain presuppositions about David. David was prepared for the divine answer to be “No”. David had such preparedness because he knew “the LORD his God” (v.6) and trusted his sovereign God, that He is a good God who always acts in love and gives His children only what is good (Matt 7:11). David threw himself to a God who acts in His sovereign freedom and sovereign wisdom, a God whose “work is perfect, for all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He” (Deut 32:4). God does want us to learn and grow in this kind of faith in Him.

How does knowing that God makes a difference in how I face major crises affect my life?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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  • Pray for leaders:
  • Pray for The Silver Generation: To discern and walk in God’s will for their lives
  • Pray for those in need:
  • Pray for self:

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Daily Devo
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Daniel 5:17, 25-31; 6:1-2
Mon, 5 June 2023

Serving from Babylon to Persia


What is the significance of Daniel serving in the Babylonian and Persian
courts successively?

Deeper Reflection
God’s word to Belshazzar that He would “put an end” to his kingdom and give it “over to the Medes and Persians” was fulfilled immediately – “that same night” (v.30) – after Daniel’s interpretation of the inscription on the wall (vv.25-31). God can fulfil His Word immediately or after a long time. Whatever time God may take to fulfil His Word, He is “trustworthy in all His promises and faithful in all He does” (Psa 145:13b, NIV).The demise of the Babylonian hegemony was not just a historical event, but primarily a theological one. Nebuchadnezzar was “My servant” whom God raised to judge His unfaithful people in the seventy-year Babylonian exile (Jer 25:8-9, 11). When God had accomplished His purpose through Babylon, “I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation” (Jer 25:12). This is how God deals with arrogant and evil nations: “And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” (Isa 13:19).The end of Babylon does not mean an insecure future for Daniel. However drastically our circumstances may change, God’s call for our lives remains when we walk with Him faithfully. We are secure in God’s call, because it is God’s call. Daniel became one of “the three commissioners” in Persia (Dan 6:1-2). It wasn’t that having lost his job Daniel applied to serve the Persian king. Daniel couldn’t do that. It was purely by royal appointment. But behind the “It seemed good to Darius to appoint” (Dan 6:1) was God’s call for Daniel to serve Him from Babylon to Persia.

How do I relate God’s call for me in drastic changes of my life situations?

Lord, I believe You have a calling for my life which You have intended to be distinctive for me. I want to live my life with a deep sense of answering Your calling. Help me to walk with You faithfully, knowing that as I do so, You will unfold Your plans for me in that calling. Grant me wisdom and understanding to discern Your calling for my life.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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