Life Applications and Lessons in the Book of I Samuel (Vol. 90)

There are so many life applications and lessons in the Book of I Samuel! I really enjoyed last week’s look at the lessons in the story of David and Goliath.

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Let’s take a look at some of the other life applications and lessons in the book of I Samuel.

Life Applications and Lessons 

“David led the troops and continued to be successful in all his activities because the Lord was with him.” I Samuel 18:13-14

  • No matter how Saul tried to destroy and sabotage David, David succeeded even more because the Lord was with him.
  • Regardless of the obstacles the enemy tries to throw at you, they cannot overcome the Lord’s favor.
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  • As Saul threw obstacles at David, and David continued to succeed, it made the victories even greater. This made David even more popular and loved by the people.
  • We have to change our mindset about problems and obstacles. When we face them head-on, they challenge us, make us more creative, stronger, and better at what we do. In the long run, our mission can be even better because of the struggles.
  • The more Saul tried to destroy David, the worse it went for Saul. He wasn’t fighting David but the Lord.
  • The struggles we go through prepare us for things we will face down the road. There is purpose in the struggle! Without the struggle, there is no victory. Let your struggles empower you!

Message in a Movie

We recently watched a true story about Bob Marley, which was very interesting! He was so tired of always having struggles coming at him from all sides. His wife told him, “All that struggle is the source of your power.”

Bob Marley was able to accomplish so much for the world because of his struggles.

One time after Bob Marley had been shot, he asked why someone would shoot him. The shaman told him that he was asking the wrong question. He said that he should be asking why they weren’t able to kill him. (Mindset change!)

David could have asked the same question – Why was Saul (or other enemies) not able to kill him? The Lord was protecting him, and He had a purpose for David’s life!

“May the Lord judge between you and me, and may the Lord take vengeance on you for me, but my hand will never be against you.” I Samuel 24:12

  • Although Saul was trying to kill him, David knew that taking revenge on Saul was not his place. He refused to fall into that trap.
  • Let the Lord handle any vengeance in your life. He will do a much better job at it, and it will keep you from falling into a sinful situation.

“‘When the Lord does for my lord all the good He promised and appoints you ruler over Israel, there will not be remorse or a troubled conscience for my lord because of needless bloodshed or my lord’s revenge. And when the Lord does good things for my lord, may you remember me your servant.’”

“Then David said to Abigail, ‘Praise to the Lord God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today! Your discernment is blessed, and you are blessed. Today you kept me from participating in bloodshed and avenging myself by my own hand.'” I Samuel 25:30-33

“About 10 days later, the Lord struck Nabal dead. When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, ‘Praise the Lord who championed my cause against Nabal’s insults and restrained His servant from doing evil. The Lord brought Nabal’s evil deeds back on his own head.’” I Samuel 25:38-39

  • Again, vengeance is not for us to handle on our own. When we take vengeance, it is sin.
  • Vengeance leaves you with remorse and a troubled conscience.
  • David had been in worse situations (Saul trying to kill him), and he knew to leave the vengeance to the Lord. Here it seems like he was insulted and was going to take matters into his own hands.
  • Sometimes we can be doing the right thing in the big areas, but the enemy will use the little insults or offenses to get us upset and off track! Even David fell prey to this.
  • Keep your guard up in all areas.
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“So Achish summoned David and told him, ‘As the Lord lives, you are an honorable man. I think it is good to have you working with me in the camp, because I have found no fault in you from the day you came to me until today. But the leaders don’t think you are reliable. Now go back quietly and you won’t be doing anything the Philistine leaders think is wrong.'”

“’But what have I done?’ David replied to Achish. ‘From the first day I was with you until today, what have you found against your servant to keep me from going along to fight against the enemies of my lord the king?’”

  • David seemed truly upset that they did not trust him to go into battle with them against the Israelites. I don’t know if he was really planning on fighting them, or if he would have turned on the Philistines.
  • What I do know is that God’s sovereignty always knows best!
  • This could have been God’s way of:
    • Protecting David from blowing his cover
    • Having to fight against his own men
    • Keeping David from witnessing Saul and Jonathan getting killed.
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    If you have joined me recently, these daily life applications from the Bible are examples of some of the comments I am writing in the Bibles I am giving to my grandchildren when they graduate from high school. Click here to see the post where I explain this eternal gift idea. I want to give them all the resources I can to use in today’s world!

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    Life Applications and Lessons from the Story of David and Goliath

    I hope these life applications and lessons from I Samuel have spoken to you in some way. Please share any encouragement and lessons you have learned this week as you read the Word of God.

    I hope you will join me next week as we move on to 2 Samuel. I am sure the Lord has many lessons for us there as well.

    Until next week…

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