Champions Go the Distance

We may not feel good at times, we may feel lonely, we may feel inferior or just physically worn out but these are trials we go through that ultimately make us stronger. We face resistance in life but it builds up our endurance much like running the race to the finish even though out of breath. The struggle of lifting weights to build muscle or of water when swimming laps to burn those extra calories. Without resistance, the wings of a plane can’t produce lift and fly through the air. Without fighting against our fears, there is no courage. Next time your day is filled with challenges, smile at it, say thank You God, and keep going.

As we keep going today along the journey, we are reading in 1 Samuel 24. Saul and his men are continuing to pursue David. Saul enters a cave to go to the bathroom (v. 3) not knowing that David and his men were far back in the same cave. David’s men try to persuade David to kill Saul saying the Lord had given the enemy into his hands. Saul had taken off his robe and put it to the side so David snuck up and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

David insisted on sparing Saul because he didn’t want to kill the Lord’s anointed so he told his men not to attack Saul. After Saul left the cave, David followed and outside the cave called out to Saul “My lord the king!” David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground (v. 8).

So David didn’t “get even” because of the wrong Saul had done to him but repaid good for evil. Some say that it’s a sign of weakness to not “get even” when a wrong is done to you but the Bible teaches patience. Champions go the distance and patiently let God’s power achieve more than they could on their own.

This day with You Lord, we face challenges in this world. There are struggles just like we read in today’s passage about David being pursued by Saul. When our own strength can not get us to the finish line, Your strength takes over. That is why we go the distance and don’t stop until we get to the destination. There are those that may do us wrong and we can’t do some things on our own but You will help us finish the race strong. Amen.

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An Hour Provides the Power

Use the unlimited power of God to help a co-worker, neighbor or friend. This poem was written to encourage pressing on towards your destination.

Step Ahead

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This day with God,
Give Him an hour 
And He will provide 
Amazing power.

To warm your heart 
For every day 
With a brighter future
Coming your way.

You may feel down,
You may feel worn out,
You may feel lonely
So give Him a shout.

You face many things
That create resistance
But this makes you stronger
To go the distance.

The next challenge,
Know it can be done
By handing it over
To the mighty ONE.


Poem by Mark Shields – © 01-13-2022
Inspired by
“An Hour Provides the Power”
Thought - The friends of the paralytic were so determined to relief his distress that they made an opening in the roof and lowered him down to Jesus. In what ways can you go the extra mile to help a co-worker, neighbor, or friend?
Music - Be inspired by songs like Unrestrained…

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Directed by the Lord

A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? –  Proverbs 20:24

As pointed out in the post “Accepting What Christ did on the Cross”, we have Truth which liberates the heart, mind, body, and soul to set us free. The Truth provides us with cohesive plan because the Spirit prompts every step we take.

Many seek experts in various fields of study to help in decisions but the steps we take that are directed by the Lord get us to places beyond what could be imagined. Listening for instructions in our prayers and reflection from His Word provide us with a great advantage when facing our enemies in life.

The Holy Spirit tells us where to go and what to do while our Father is freed up to take on the enemy. Like the song Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin tells us, “The Father is perfect in all of His ways to us”. Loving us and giving peace to us.

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Accepting What Christ did on the Cross

This day with God will be amazing because as people of faith, we will not miss what is obvious. We will read the Word today in 1 Samuel 23 with the objective of collecting thoughts, ideas, and guidance that will be applied in our life. By accepting what Christ did on the Cross, we will be able to factor in the amazing and unseen qualities that keep us stepping ahead to victory.    

Today, we read about David saving the town of Keilah from the Philistines who were enemies of the people and stealing their grain. David had prayed for guidance before he made the decision to save the town and the Lord gave thoughts, ideas, and instructions for victory.

Saul persistently went after David so David continued to seek guidance from the Lord. Like David, we face enemies in life like worry, fear, anger, or other situational pressures but we sometimes lack faith in the Lord who is on our side. We need to be more confident that He will continue to thwart the enemy just as He did to Saul by setting things up and distracting the enemy.

Many seek experts in certain fields to help in decisions but the steps we take that are directed by the Lord get us to places beyond what could be imagined. Listening for instructions in our prayers and reflection from His Word provide us with a great advantage when facing our enemies in life. The Holy Spirit tells us where to go and what to do while our Father is freed up to take on the enemy.

Father … we come to You today thankful even during adversity for You are a Good … Good Father that protects and directs. By accepting what Christ did on the Cross, we have the Way, the Truth, and the Life everlasting. Amen.

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Questions for Reflection for Study of 1 Samuel 23 through 28

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We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. The below Questions for Reflection will stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.

1 Samuel 23 – What happens at Keilah? Do you pray specifically for guidance before you make decisions? How does God deliver David?

1 Samuel 24 – How do David’s men try to persuade him to kill Saul? For what reason does David insist on sparing Saul? How does David show his respect for Saul? Do you “get even” when a wrong is done to you or do you repay good for evil?

1 Samuel 25 – What is the request of David’s men? What is Nabal’s answer? Do you trust God to take vengeance on wrong or do you try to avenge yourself (See 38-39)?

1 Samuel 26 – What additional reason does David give for refraining from killing Saul (See verse 25:39)? What does the miraculous event of verse 12 reveal about God? For what does the Lord reward a person?

1 Samuel 27 – What reason does David give for going to the land of the Philistines? What does David gain from his raids? What does Achish want David and his men to do in the war against Israel? When have your casual ethics put you in a similar predicament? What have you done?

1 Samuel 28 – What is Saul’s predicament? What does Samuel tell Saul? How does Saul respond to Samuel’s prediction?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments.

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Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.

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