In my previous sermon, we learned 03 principles which David used to defeat Goliath and how those principles can help us to defeat our own Goliaths. Victory over Goliath was a turning point in David’s life. However, while David’s victory was met with the compliments of the majority he couldn’t avoid Saul’s outright hostility. Consequently, David was forced into 08 years of self-exile. Tonight we will consider a few implications from this story.
1. No good deed ever goes Unpunished
(Read 1 Samuel 18:1-30; 19:1-24; 20:1-42)
A. David became a man loved by Saul’s family, his army and all the people of Israel. Women often sang about their adventures when they danced.
B. But Saul believed otherwise. He perceived David as a threat because David outranked him in popularity.
C. In ministry and life, we will receive compliments as well as criticism. How we respond to these will make the difference.
2. The end doesn’t justify the Means
(Read 1 Samuel 22:6-19)
A. David wanted to establish an environment of secrecy and lied to Ahimelech the priest, the very person who helped him.
B. David’s lie protected him from Saul but 85 priests lost their lives. They could have escaped to safety had David told the truth.
C. Compromising will solve the problem at hand. But it, in the long run, it will produce worse problems.
3. There’s only one God. We are not Him
(Read 1 Samuel 24:3-4; 24:5-7; 26:1-25)
A. Saul feared David’s increasing popularity and sought to eliminate him although David hadn’t offended Saul in any way.
B. Saul’s response was typical but David’s wasn’t. David spared Saul’s life many times despite his right to defend himself.
C. In ministry as well as life it is important that we allow God to handle opposition without taking matters into our own hands.
In ministry and in life it’s easy to feel hopeful when people appreciate us. But there will be dark times also because we will meet people who condemn us. There will be times where we will feel all alone. Like David, that’s when we must focus on God the most.
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