1 Samuel 24:1-4
Mon, 4 October 2021

What Is the Lord Saying (1)?


What is the significance of the word “cave” being repeated twice in verse 3?

Deeper Reflection
SAUL “PURSUED” David when he was in the wilderness of Maon, and both were locationally “at the closest since David’s flight”8 – with Saul passing along one side of the mountain and David passing along the other side (1 Sam 23:25-26). And just as Saul was “surrounding” David, news of the Philistines’ new raid on Israel reached Saul. Reluctantly, Saul “returned from pursuing David” to deal with the Philistines (1 Sam 3:27-28). It was a timely divine intervention. Thus, David “called that place the Rock of Escape” (1 Sam 23:28). But not long after, Saul “returned from pursuing the Philistines” to pursue David again (v.1). Saul “narrowed his search” for David “to an area near the Craig of the Wild Goats”9 (v.2), where his troops “made their way down a path cut by shepherds driving their flocks” and came to “a series of ‘sheep pens along the way’”10 (v.3). Saul went into a “cave” there to “relieve himself ” (v.3). And it so happened that David and his men were “sitting in the inner recesses” of the same “cave” (v.3). It was Saul who was now vulnerable. It would seem logical, reasonable and right for David to do so, to stop Saul’s mindless relentless pursuit of him. But the discipleship principle here is: What is the divine providence saying?
8 David G. Firth, 252
9 Ronald F. Youngblood, 745
10 Robert D. Bergen, 238

How do I discern what God is saying to me through His providence?

Lord, fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that I may live a life worthy of You and please You in every way: in bearing fruit in every good work, growing in knowing You and being strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might that I may have great endurance and patience.11
11 Colossians 1:9-11

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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.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Generations: To view their vocation as answering God’s call for their lives
  • Pray for self

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