A Faith Strong Enough to Boss Our Feelings

Wendy Pope

Day: 27 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 27

1 Samuel 27: 1 (NIV) “’But David thought to himself, ‘One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.’”

We can meet with difficult days as we wait for God’s plan to come to fruition, since the Lord typically doesn’t send His agenda through email, Instagram or Snapchat. When our waiting gets long, our security tends to grow short. This is where we find David. God’s delay has gotten the best of him, and discouragement has overcome him. Our once confident, God-following king-to-be isn’t writing poetry or psalms of worship. David has taken his safety into his own hands and found shelter with the enemy.

There’s a part of me that understands this. Waiting is hard, especially when it seems God isn’t moving us toward the object of our wait. I’ve experienced frustrating moments like this; moments where I just threw my hands in the air and said, “Whatever, God.” Discouragement and despair has stolen David’s assurance of God’s work in his life.

Our feelings lie and impair our judgment. It is spiritually dangerous to allow our feelings to determine our direction. When we make this mistake we:

  • Go where God never intended us to go. Who would have ever guessed the giant-slaying hero would end up living among the Philistines in a town given to him by King Achish.
  • Unintentionally bring harm to others. David took his family and the families of the 600 men who followed him into the Philistine territory. This put their safety in danger and supplied the Philistine army with experienced fighters.
  • Do things God wouldn’t approve us to do. David led raids and looting. God didn’t direct David to fight the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. These invasions were an effort to justify his rogue behavior as he attacked those groups who were enemies of Israel.
  • Serve a master other than the Master. David wanted to please Achish and therefore continued fighting on behalf of the Philistines. David says to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes …” (1 Samuel 27:5). This man after God’s own heart sought approval from someone other than God.

God is bigger than our feelings. His plans, even when they seem delayed, exceed anything we can make happen through our manipulation. We have to remember God is always at work even when we can’t see His activity, and let our faith be the boss of our feelings.

Prayer: Lord, I know I have gone rogue in my waiting. I don’t feel my faith is strong enough to boss my feelings. Help me. Strengthen me. Renew a steadfast spirit within me. I no longer want to succumb to the whims of my moods. Your Word says that You are always working. I want to hold tightly to this truth and tell my feelings of despair to get lost. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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