1 Samuel 25:13-25
Thu, 14 October 2021

The Timely Providence of God (2)


What is the significance of the narrator placing David’s intention (vv.21-22) for his action (v.13) in between his narration of Abigail meeting David (vv.20, 23)?

Deeper Reflection
ONE OF NABAL’S SERVANTS warned Abigail that “evil is plotted” by David against Nabal and his whole household for refusing David’s request for provisions in spite of the good that David did to him (vv.14-17). And what follows is a narration of Abigail’s quick action (vv.18-20, 23-24a) and her words of wisdom to David (1 Sam 25:24b-31), and David’s theological response to Abigail (1 Sam 25:32-35) – all of which reflect the timely providence of God. David viewed Nabal’s “returning me evil for good” (v.21) as a problem to be eliminated – one that can be eliminated easily and quickly with “his sword and about four hundred men” (v.13). But David did not know that he was on his way to creating a problem for himself: hasty vengeance and bloodshed. The narrator places David’s intention (vv.21-22) for his coming to Nabal with 400 men (v.13) in between Abigail’s meeting with David (vv.20, 23) “to stress what high stakes are involved in Abigail’s mission. If she fails, every male in Nabal’s household will bite the dust”29. Abigail did not know for sure if she had made a right and wise move. Oftentimes, the decisions that we make and the actions that we take are carried out in the reality of “I don’t know”, because we are not all-knowing beings. But God knows. And God knows that we do not know. This God is sovereign over all things and in His providence He directs or redirects us in our “I don’t know”.
29 Dale Ralph Davis, 257

What are the “I don’t know” situations in my life that I need to entrust to God and trust Him to direct or redirect me in His providence?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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  • Pray for Outreach/Missions/New Life leaders: To trust in the all-knowing God in their “I don’t know” situations.
  • Pray for significant people:
  • Pray for those in need:
  • Pray for self:

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John 20:19-21; Luke 4:14-21
Mon, 2 October 2023

Sent by the Lord


What is the analogy that Jesus used in sending forth His disciples (v.21)?

Deeper Reflection
As we enter the month of October with our upcoming two Missions Sundays, let us focus our attention and prayers on Covenant EFC’s third Faith Exploit, “Disciple the Nations”. In today’s Scripture, verse 21 is a very significant statement that Jesus said to His disciples after His resurrection. And it applies equally to all those who are Jesus’ disciples today. There are three key observations we can make.First, the analogy that Jesus used – His having been sent by the Father – points us to Jesus’ foundational teachings that He came to accomplish the very will and works of the Father (Jn 4:34; 5:30, 36; cf. Lk 4:14-21). Second, the idea of Jesus’ disciples being “sent” reminds us that world missions is not a result of human initiative, but is God-initiated and God-directed. It is God’s mission in the world. Third, verse 21 reminds us that Jesus is not merely calling us to join God in His mission, but to relate to Him as our heavenly Father – in love, obedience and dependence.1Therefore, the more fundamental question is not “Are we being sent?” or “What must we do?”. Rather, it is “To what extent do we understand and treasure our sonship in relation to God our Father (Jn 20:17)?” So that, as beloved children of God, we will respond rightly to our heavenly Father who created us in His image, redeemed us in Jesus Christ, and called us to join Him in His mission. Out of gratitude and love towards God, we joyfully walk in the Lord’s will for us, and fully rely on His resources as we faithfully serve Him.
1 This is consistent with John’s emphasis in his writings on the Father-Son relationship that anchored and motivated Jesus in all that He did in submission and obedience to the Father’s will.

How do the purposes for which Jesus sends forth His disciples impact the
way I plan and live out the years of my life?

Dear Father in heaven, what manner of love You have bestowed on me that I should be called Your child! Every opportunity given to me to carry out Your will is a privilege for me to participate in Your glorious purposes. Help me to clearly discern the things that You want me to accomplish and to faithfully work at them with a heart that loves and depends on You and always seeks Your glory. Amen.
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  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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