“Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God;” I Samuel 25:29
David was on his way to punish Nabal, because he had refused to provide food for David and his followers. When Nabal’s wife heard what had happened she hastily prepared supplies and went to meet David. She pleaded with him not to be hasty and do something he would regret later.
She recognized that David was the one the Lord had chosen as king and that eventually he would sit upon the throne in Israel. Verse 30 says: “for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.”
The New Living Translation puts verse 29 this way: “Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch!”
David really knew what it was like to be led by the Lord from the time he was a young shepherd tending his father’s flock, until he ended up in the palace of Saul. He knew God was with Him all the time as he fled from Saul’s presence and took refuge in the wilderness. So, as he was reminded of God’s hand upon his life, he listened to the advice of this woman and turned back from what he was planning to do.
What a beautiful picture this portrays to us. Like David our life is secure in the Lord’s treasure pouch. What does that mean? Everything we need is there for us. We can lay our head on the pillow at night and rest assured that the Lord is watching over us. We can face uncertain days, knowing that He has it all under control, and will work all things out for our good. We can walk out of the Doctor’s office after getting some disturbing news, and just believe God that everything is going to be all right.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the promise that you have my life secure in your treasure pouch, and nothing can come against me that is not your will. I praise and thank you for all that you have provided for me.
Devotion by Anne Johnston