Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25 (additional reading: Psalm 117:1-2 and Proverbs 15:22-23)

Are familiar with the expression “déjà vu”? The phrase is French and literally means, “already seen”. Déjà vu describes the feeling that what is happening to you at this moment has happened to you before. There is a specific type of déjà vu: not just when life does a double take, but when trouble does a double take. I’m talking about when those pesky persistent problems you thought were in your past come back to haunt your present.

Some problems don’t go away- they reappear at the worst possible moment. It’s déjà vu all over again, and the trouble you hoped was finished starts all over. Very often in life, trouble does a double take. David experiences this problem in 1 Samuel 26, where trouble did a double take in the person of King Saul who is trying to kill him again. In 1 Samuel 26 we find thee principles to keep in mind when trouble does a double take in your life:

BOLDLY FACE THE PROBLEM (v. 1-7) I don’t mean you don’t need to be cautious; David didn’t go rushing into Saul’s camp swinging his sword and yelling, “Bring it on!” But he knew he couldn’t just keep running; he had to deal with this problem, using all the wisdom and courage he had. You will never get anywhere by trying to run when trouble does a double take. The temptation to escape is sometimes stronger the second time you face a problem because you remember how hard it was to deal with it the first time. You may still carry the scars of the last time you battled this difficulty, and the thought of going through that painful experience again may seem too much to bear. But if you’ve tried everything you know to avoid trouble and it still seems inevitable, then it’s not time to cut and run, but to stand and fight. When trouble does a double take, you have to make up your mind to boldly face it and, with God’s help, do the best you can do.

CONTINUE TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT (v. 8-12) David had shown mercy to Saul as we read in yesterday’s reading (he could have killed him in the cave but spared his life), and that while that didn’t long with Saul’s peace promise but David resists that temptation again and showed mercy. It’s not always easy to keep doing what’s right. Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

KEEP YOUR TRUST IN GOD. (v. 13-25) – You may notice that Saul has taken an extra precaution after his last encounter with David. Saul’s trust is in his power, and the strength of his army; David’s trust is in the Lord, even when trouble takes a double take. Is that where your trust is this day?

Reflection

What trouble keeps repeating in your life?
Do you struggle to keep doing what is right?

Prayer

Father, Thank You that You never fail us and are with us through all of life’s problems. Help us to honour You and to do what is right. Help us also to have the courage to face those problems that we have run from and to tackle them by Your wisdom and strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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