Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 29, 2015

“Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 26.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+26&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, saying, “Who will go down with me to Saul in the camp?”  And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.”  7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night, and behold, Saul lay sleeping inside the circle of the camp with his spear stuck in the ground at his head;  and Abner and the people were lying around him. 8 Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hand;  now therefore, please let me strike him with the spear to the ground with one stroke, and I will not strike him the second time.”  9 But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be without guilt?”  10 David also said, “As the Lord lives, surely the Lord will strike him, or his day will come that he dies, or he will go down into battle and perish.  11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go.”  12 So David took the spear and the jug of water from beside Saul’s head, and they went away, but no one saw or knew it, nor did any awake, for they were all asleep, because a sound sleep from the Lord had fallen on them.

21 Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error.”  22 David replied, “Behold the spear of the king!  Now let one of the young men come over and take it.  23 The Lord will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I refused to stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.  24 Now behold, as your life was highly valued in my sight this day, so may my life be highly valued in the sight of the Lord, and may He deliver me from all distress.”  25 Then Saul said to David, “Blessed are you, my son David;  you will both accomplish much and surely prevail.”  So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.”  1 Samuel Chapter 26:  Verses 6-12 and 21-25.

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“Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”  Proverbs 20:22.

“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.  Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink;  for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:17-21.

“7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret;  it leads only to evildoing.
For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.”  Psalm 37:7-9.

Like Abishai wanted to take the spear into his hands and strike Saul (verse 8), other doctrine teaches us to depend on ourselves and take things into our own hands.

But, like David waited for the LORD (“may He deliver me from all distress” verse 24), Reformed Doctrine teaches us to wait for the LORD to save us from “Unconditional Election” through “Preservation of the Saints” (and in between “Limited Atonement” and “Irresistible Grace”) all of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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