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Saturday, April 16, 2016

For the Good of the Kingdom (1 Samuel 18:5)

"Whatever Saul sent him to do, David did so successfully."

The good that David did angered King Saul, who felt threatened by David's success. The good that David did wasn't for himself but for the security of the kingdom. Instead of being pleased with David's victory Saul sought to kill him, which goes to show that the success of others threaten insecure people-pleasers. Driven by jealousy they seek to destroy the most loyal of followers.

Henry Blackaby says that more Christians are willing to weep with those who weep than they are to rejoice with those who rejoice. When one follower of Jesus Christ does well it positively affects other believers. There is no room for jealousy in the Body of Christ. The good that one does personally is not for self-glorification but for body edification. Everyone benefits. Saul forgot that.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-20:42
  • Describe Jonathan's relationship with David.
  • What characterizes their relationship?
  • What drove Saul's animosity toward David?
  • Instead of focusing on conquering the Philistines Saul spent the remainder of his life focusing on killing David. What you spend your time obsessing over says more about you than the object of your focus. What or who consumes much of your attention? What does this tell you about what controls your life?
  • What does Jonathan recognize about David? Saul recognize about David?
  • What do women do when they feel threatened by another women's beauty, talent, education, etc.?
  • How does someone overcome jealousy toward others?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to help you rejoice when others rejoice, excel or experience success.