Making Wise Decisions
September 3, 2017 Series: Life Lessons From Old Testament People
Passage: 1 Samuel 23:1–23:14, Deuteronomy 8:5, Hebrews 12:6–12:10
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Deuteronomy 8:5 ESV
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.
Hebrews 12:6-10 ESV
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
Psalm 119:130 NKJV
The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
The king-to-be in exile 1 Samuel 23:1-5 ESV
Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” 2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 3 But David's men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” 4 Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” 5 And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
Saul continues his futile pursuit of David 1 Samuel 23:6-13 ESV
When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand. 7 Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, “God has given him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars.” 8 And Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. 9 David knew that Saul was plotting harm against him. And he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here.” 10 Then David said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account. 11 Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O Lord, the God of Israel, please tell your servant.” And the Lord said, “He will come down.” 12 Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will surrender you.” 13 Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the expedition.
David's season of developing faith and character 1 Samuel 23:14 ESV
And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.
Proverbs 16:33 NLT
We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.
For our prayerful study, discussion and application:
- Read, compare and discuss Deuteronomy 8:1-20 and Hebrews 12:1-11.
- Read 1Samuel 23:7-13 and compare Saul and David. Whose decisions pleased God?
- What is the Holy Spirit saying to you and what will you do about it?