1 Samuel 17 & 18: Is There Not A Cause?
Verse of the Day: (17:29) And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
1. Cause (17:1-58)
Then said David to the Philistines, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. (17:45)
When you truly love God and what you do for Him, you will do your very utmost best, even to sacrifice your life for Him. This was David’s cause for fighting Goliath when everyone including King Saul feared him. David believed that the God of Israel shall surely overcome Goliath as he had not only defied Him but shame His people. Though David’s brothers and Israel discouraged him from fighting against Goliath, nevertheless, he kept insisting on facing off with him. Indeed, God knows the end from the beginning, as He already prepared David in the wilderness, while protecting his father’s sheep, in overcoming a lion and a bear, not with a sword or a spear, but with a sling and a stone in His Name, in order that he would eventually overcome a giant. It was indeed great victory for David, Israel, and above all, the God of Israel, as Goliath and the Philistines were resoundingly defeated. Let us therefore make sure that we have a real cause to love and serve God and others in His Name, because He first loves us. (1 John 4:19-21)
2. Covenant (18:1-4)
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. (18:3)
It may not be always true of the saying, “Like father, like son.” Unlike Saul, who hated David, yet his son, Jonathan, loved David, and even made a covenant with him that they would love and lay down their lives for each other. Indeed, Jesus Christ, God’s Son, loves us so much that He makes an everlasting covenant with us that whoever believes in Him shall never perish in hell, but have eternal life with Him in heaven. Let us therefore love one another, even as Jesus first loved us, and gave His life for us. (1 John 3:16-24)
3. Continually (18:5-30)
And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually. (18:29)
When we reject God and worship ourselves, we will never be able to love others. Saul rejected God, as his idol was himself, and used only people to achieve his end. This was why he sought to kill David, because David was a real threat to his throne. Instead of being grateful to God and David, for overcoming Goliath, and delivering Israel from the Philistines, Saul became David’s enemy continually. Indeed, let us believe in and worship God, and love and serve all, and flee from idols and self-worship. (1 John 5:21)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that my cause of loving You is because You first love me.