Rivals And Revenge

Sun, May 03, 2020
Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. So Saul removed him from his presence and made him a commander of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people. And David had success in all his undertakings, for the LORD was with him. And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them. - 1 Samuel 18:12-16 (ESV) Relationships are ruined through rivalry. When there is a competition for who is the fastest, smartest, bravest, or best within a friend group there is sure to be conflict. It's in our nature. We hate being bested. But when you add power, position, and politics in the mix expect an explosion. This is the situation with Saul and David. David is coming off the heels of an amazing victory over Goliath and the Philistines. His star is rising quickly. And Saul is seething. It's not that the nation had turned on Saul. They just have a new hero. In these chapters, that are filled with intrigue and escapes fitting for an action movie, we see the relationship go from admiration to anger. But where is God in the midst of all of this? And how is this part of his purpose and plan? I want to encourage you to take a few minutes and read through 1 Samuel 18-19 as we continue our series: We Need A King. If you have ever asked, 'Where is God?' in the midst of your crisis and pain these chapters will help provide insight through the life and experience of David.
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