1 Samuel 22:1-4
Fri, 10 September 2021

Lost in Disorientation: “Until I Know…”


What is significant about David’s move to Moab in the light of what had happened to him in 1 Samuel 21?

Deeper Reflection
LEAVING GATH, David went to Adullam in Judahite territory (v.1). When his family learned of this, they went to him (v.1), “because of their fear of reprisals by Saul”.11 And at Adullam, 400 men who were “in distress”, “in debt” and “discontented”, who “failed to integrate into the fabric of society” gathered to David, a leader who “could understand them”12 (v.2). From this band of men, David began to “form a fiercely loyal inner circle of followers, which was to become a personal army”13 that would strongly support him as king (2 Sam 23:8-39). From Adullam, David went to “the king of Moab” to seek refuge for his parents (v.3). Perhaps the Moabite king “felt allegiance to David”14, who had Moabite blood in him, being a great-grandson of Ruth the Moabitess (Ru 4:13, 17). David left his parents with the Moabite king “until I know what God will do for me” (v.3). Clearly, David did not know God’s agenda for him at this point of his discipleship journey. Apparently, he went to Ahimelech the priest at Nob (1 Sam 21:1) to inquire of God for him (1 Sam 22:10, 13, 15). And it seemed that nothing was heard from God. God does not answer by demand, however desperate and urgent our situation is, and however earnest we are in seeking Him. Virtually nothing is narrated about David and God in 1 Samuel 21. But now, David began to realign himself back to God in his wavering faith. And a genuine posture of “until I know what God will do for me” will not be disappointed.
11 Robert D. Bergen, 225 12 Robert D. Bergen, 225 13 Bill T. Arnold, 1 & 2 Samuel, The NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan, 2003), 225 14 Robert B. Chisholm Jr., 143

In what ways is the principle of “until I know what God will do for me” relevant to me?

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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.
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