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1 April 2023 ‘The only way to escape…is to go to Philistia.’ 1 Samuel 27:1 CEV

The Bible says, ‘[David] thought to himself, “One of these days, Saul is going to kill me. The only way to escape from him is to go to Philistia”’ (v. 1 CEV). Now, in times past, David had ‘enquired of the Lord’ (see 23:2, 4 NIVUK). He also sought advice from experienced, proven counsellors. But this time, he was guided by his fears and ended up defecting to enemy territory. And it gave him a temporary sense of relief. Looking to the wrong source can do that – but it doesn’t last. Solomon said: ‘You may think you are on the right road and still end up dead. Sorrow may hide behind laughter, and happiness may end in sorrow. You harvest what you plant, whether good or bad…be smart and know where you are headed’ (Proverbs 14:12-15 CEV). Eventually, the Philistines rejected David because they couldn’t trust him. They said, ‘Send David back to the town you gave him. We won’t have him going into the battle with us. He could turn and fight against us!’ (1 Samuel 29:4 CEV). Be careful when you’re in a spiritual slump, because the decisions you make can have long-lasting ramifications. Rejected by the Philistines, with no country and no family to come home to, here is what we learn from David: 1) Instead of listening to your fears, listen to God. Standing among the ruins of his life, ‘David found strength in the Lord’ (1 Samuel 30:6 NIV), and you will, too. 2) Seek wise counsellors. It’s the last thing you will feel like doing because misery loves company, but ‘the more wise counsel you follow, the better’ (Proverbs 11:14 MSG).


Refuse to live in fear (3) Monday 29 May
Refuse to live in fear (2) Sunday 28 May
Refuse to live in fear (1) Saturday 27 May
Start saying, ‘I can’ Friday 26 May
Depend more on God Thursday 25 May
Through Christ, you can do it Wednesday 24 May
You must forgive Tuesday 23 May

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