Welcome to the final chapters of 1 Samuel. We’ve read about the rise of Samuel, then Saul, and now we are reading about the trials of David as he prepares to become the next king of Israel. We see David at what may be his lowest point ever in this chapter.
Start by reading 1 Samuel 29 for yourself, take notes, and compare what you see and hear from God with what I see and hear. The Bible is alive and active. You and I may not see the same things. And if you’ve missed any of the past posts of earlier chapters, you can find them all HERE.
Let’s dive into 1 Samuel 29!
David officially is on the outside. He was forced to flee from his home country, but his newly adopted home also rejected him. In truth, it’s hard to know what David would have done in this battle, but the sting was no less.
David is a man without a country.
God isn’t done stripping away from David. He is continuing to pull everything away from him, so David is fully and completely reliant on God. Why? Because later in life, David will reflect on the faithfulness of God in difficult circumstances.
This is a Psalm written not too long after this time of David’s life:
4 The ropes of death entangled me;Psalms 18:4-6
floods of destruction swept over me.
5 The grave wrapped its ropes around me;
death laid a trap in my path.
6 But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
my cry to him reached his ears.
I recently read about the concept of treasure hunting through the trials of our lives. In essence, we all go through very difficult seasons of life. In time, we should be able to reflect on those trials and see the treasure they produced. Like treasure, the gems may not be obvious, but they exist nonetheless. This was the case for David.
Does it feel like God is stripping everything away from you? Continue to seek and serve Him. He is faithful, even in hard times, and God honors and rewards our faithfulness to him. In time, you will reflect to find an amazing treasure you never would have found without this season.