TOPIC: STEADFASTNESS UNDER PRESSURE
TEXT: 1 Samuel 21:10-15
KEY VERSE: “And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.” – (1 Samuel 21:10)
“Endurance The Thresher” was a submarine that could go great depths because of its great strength. The steel bulkheads were built to withstand great pressure of tons of sea water. But on one occasion, it went too deep and was finally crushed into little pieces like a plastic model. Yet there are little fishes that live even deeper in the sea than the submarine went. How do these little fishes survive? It depends on how well you can deal with pressure.
From our text, David, now under pressure from King Saul, decided to seek refuge in the Philistine town where Goliath, Israel’s enemy came from. He soon discovered he had walked right into an enemy territory and now clearly in danger of losing his life. In that confusion, he decided to feign madness before King Achish, who ordered him to be thrust out of his presence.
David’s asylum request from Achish the Philistine king of Gath was a wrong move. And coming with the sword of the giant he killed a few months earlier added to the obvious miscalculations of the moment because it gave him out as David the enemy who slew their champion. Before we rush to condemn him, we must understand that David was too young to face the avalanche of pressure coming from Saul and his sycophants. He acted the way he did due to his precarious situation.
When pushed to the wall, we may take decisions in a hurry but let us realise that such decisions taken when our minds are disturbed are most often miscalculated. People have left their families, the church, or even the faith entirely in their bid to respond to pressure. We should rather pray and wait on the Lord for direction under such circumstances. He has promised to be with and deliver us.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Moments of pressure are times to look up to God.
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Thank you for reading Today’s DCLM Daily Manna 16th August 2021 Devotional – Steadfastness Under Pressure. God bless you!