BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow inJesus taught that we must be prepared to choose him over family (Lk 14v26), and the principle is illustrated here with David. He is God's chosen king, and Saul's children Jonathan and Michal chose him over their father. It's encouragement for all Christians who find their faith bringing hostility from a family member. We must deal with unbeliving relatives respectfully and wisely, but Jesus must come first. Saul's dire spiritual state is seen in the fact that he is open to the influence of evil spirits - although even they serve God's purposes. And God's concern for David is seen as he protects him by causing Saul and his men to prophecy. The sense is that the Spirit of God comes upon them in such power as he moves them to speak out in praise of God, that they are not able to continue and harm David. As you read note Jonathan and Michal's attitude to David.
1 Samuel 18-19
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.