Sometimes the battles we want to fight against are not our battles. Therefore, God calls us to go another way, that we may escape it, in order to survive and live another day. You see, God knows our life better than we do. He knows where we ought to go, and when we should fight in a war, and when not to. He also knows when the enemy is coming close to where we are, that we may escape it. Therefore, we ought to be attentive to what the Lord says in our lives, lest we do our own things and fall because of it. We may think that we know best for ourselves, but this ego will stand over time. Therefore, it must needs be given up at all costs and given over to humility, lest we do something we regret. This very thing almost happened to David, when the Philistines were waging war upon the Hebrews, where Saul was king. He wanted to defend his people and his king, but he was warned not to by Achish, and after finally listening to him, he obeyed. Therefore, He was safe. The same thing happened to Jesus when he was born. Because Joseph listened to the angel of the Lord, He also escaped into Egypt, that Jesus would be safe. God does prompt us to do things for a reason, therefore, listen to His call.
This is the story of David, of which I just mentioned above. It reads, 1“then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the Lord liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not. Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not the lords of the Philistines. And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king? And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle. Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master’s servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up early in the morning, and have light, depart. So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.” (1 Samuel 29:6-11)
This story is also likened unto Jesus, which was also mentioned above. It begins with the wise men, who 2“when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” (Matthew 2:17,18)
Both the account of David and Jesus are very similar and both had to happen, in order for the things of God to take place. For one, if David had not fled out of the land, in order to flee from the Philistines, he may have died in the war. And if this would have happened, then Jesus would not have come through the lineage of David. Therefore, he was told to leave that land for the reason of Jesus coming to earth and fulfilling the prophecies about Him being our Messiah, our Savior, and God in the flesh. Even Jesus would have died as a child if Joseph had not obeyed what the angel of the Lord said unto Him and fled into Egypt. You see, things happen for a reason. This chapter in 1 Samuel 29, is directly parallel with Mathew 2. Praise God that David listened to Achish and fled for his life, and was safe, in order to carry on his offspring. Surely, the Lord Jesus is of the lineage of David and we ought to be so grateful for the choices that David and Joseph made. My friends, Jesus is Lord. He is the son of God. The Father did send Him to this earth in order to pay the price for our sins on the cross. Everything happened as was foretold. This is because Jesus is our Savior and wants all people to come unto Him to be saved.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for making everything work out as it should, for You to come into the world, in order to save us from our sins. I am grateful that David listened to Achish and fled for his life when war was raging upon his city. Because of this, his lineage did continue, and You came into the world from Him. Oh, praise the Lord. All things work out for the good because You are our King and Lord of all. The enemy has no chance to take down the forces of God, for You are stronger. And with Your power in our lives, we can accomplish all things. For surely in our weakness, You make us strong. We can go forward in faith because You have our hands and are ready to fight the battles with us. You know exactly where we ought to go, so I am here to listen and walk where You will lead me. Guide all my steps, that I may walk uprightly in Your sight, and not fall victim to my own pride. In my flesh, I am weak, but You have the power to build me up, where I cannot. And where I have no power over sin, You have given me new desires and a clean heart to serve You. Surely, in myself I am nothing, but in Your will power, I am strong. Thank You for cleansing me and showing me a better way to live my life. I will go where You want me to go. If it means fighting for Your cause, I will do it. And if You would have me run from the enemy, I will flee by Your hand. My life is not my own, but Yours. My body is Your temple, so use me as You will see fit. May I fulfill this life, while walking in Your light and seeing many more souls be saved. I love to witness Your truths, so continue to give me boldness to speak to others. I love You, Lord. You are my God, and I worship You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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