1 Samuel 21:1-9
Mon, 6 September 2021

Lost in Disorientation: David’s Wavering Faith (1)


What is the significance of “the sword of Goliath” that Ahimelech gave to David the fugitive (vv.8-9)?

Deeper Reflection
LOST IN DISORIENTATION is part of our discipleship journey when we do not know the meaning and significance of our adverse circumstances and where things are moving toward. This is where David was in 1 Samuel 21 to 22. God had chosen and anointed David to be the next king of Israel (1 Sam 13:14; 15:28; 16:12-13). And things were going positively for David and moving upward towards his destiny in 1 Samuel 17 to 18. Then things began to go downhill for him from 1 Samuel 19 onwards, when Saul’s attempts on his life intensified. David’s discipleship journey was marked by “fled and escaped” (1 Sam 19:10-12, 17-18; 20:1, 29; 21:10; 22:1). Human emotions can be fickle and here we see David’s faith in God wavering1. David came to Ahimelech the priest at Nob (v.1). Ahimelech’s question, “Why are you alone and no one with you?”, highlights David’s vulnerability2. He came to Ahimelech to ask for food (vv.2-6) and a weapon (vv.8-9). But David lied to the priest that he was sent by the king on a secret mission with some “young men” when actually he was alone (v.2). David’s reason for asking for a weapon was illogical (v.8). How could a seasoned soldier on the king’s urgent business not have his personal weapon? Incidentally, what Ahimelech had with him was only “the sword of Goliath” (v.9). But through this sword God spoke to David, who was desperate in his wavering faith: “Remember the God of 1 Samuel 17!”

1 Robert B. Chisholm Jr., 1 & 2 Samuel, Teach the Text Commentary Series (Baker, 2013), 140 2 Robert B. Chisholm Jr., 141

What will I do when I am lost in disorientation in my life?

From the depths of my despair I call to You, O Lord, hear my voice. I look for You, Lord, and my soul waits for You. In Your Word is all my trust. My soul waits for You, Lord, more than those who watch for the morning. I trust in You, O Lord, for with You is steadfast love, and great is Your power to save and redeem.3
3 Psalm 130:1-2,5,7
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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
Daniel 5:7-17
Wed, 31 May 2023

Answering God’s Call in Vocation


What significant observations can you make about Daniel?

Deeper Reflection
Daniel did not choose to serve Babylonian kings in Babylon. It was circumstances – a national crisis of his country – that compelled Daniel to be where he was and doing what he was doing. Daniel did not have the privilege, opportunity or freedom to pursue a career of his own desire. However, it was out of these adverse circumstances, that Daniel discovered God’s call for him: To serve God through serving Babylonian kings. And God gave him the specific competency to fulfil God’s call (Dan 1:17). After Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar about his dream and the interpretation, he was “promoted” to be “ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon” (Dan 2:48).When Belshazzar gathered his wise men to interpret for him the inscription on the wall, Daniel was not among them. Daniel was not unknown to Belshazzar.59 He knew him as “one of the exiles from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah” and “appointed him chief ” over all the wise men of Babylon (vv.11-12). It was only when the queen mentioned Daniel to him, that Belshazzar called for him (vv.10-11). Belshazzar “deliberately ignored Daniel”60 . Daniel was sidelined. How do you respond to being sidelined? For Daniel, he felt secure. Daniel was secure because he had no ambition to climb the corporate ladder. He had no interest in rewards and promotion. Daniel said to Belshazzar, “Keep your gifts for yourself or give your rewards to someone else” (vv.16-17). But Daniel interpreted the inscription for Belshazzar. Daniel was answering God’s call for him.
59 Ernest C. Lucas, 131 60 Ernest C. Lucas, 131

What positive attitudes do I need to cultivate in my workplace?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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  • Pray for the Generations: To view their vocation as answering God’s call for their lives
  • Pray for self

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