Scripture Nugget 4.6.2016

“Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. So Saul removed him from his presence, and made him a commander of a thousand; and David marched out and came in, leading the army. …‘only be valiant for me and fight the LORD’s battles.’ For Saul thought, ‘I will not raise a hand against him; let the Philistines deal with him.’ … Then Saul said, ‘Thus you shall say to David, “The king desires no marriage present except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged on the king’s enemies,” ‘ Now Saul planned to make David fall by the hands of the Philistines.” 1 Samuel 18:12-13, 17b, 25

The way we live and lead is an example to others even when aren’t trying to be an example. Lessons are learned, sometimes not good lessons. David learned from Saul, compare the way Saul treated David and the way David treated Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband. Personal pride, self-centeredness and narcissism separates one from God, sometimes permanently, other times momentarily, regardless, separated from God one makes bad decisions because of loss of focus on God and God’s will for the future. Sin is the result. By God’s grace we may return from this separation, all sin is overcome by Jesus sacrifice. Wake up, confess, repent, and receive forgiveness, return to walk with God. God says, “I am here with you, won’t you be with me?” O Lord that I would always stand with you in the light, not by myself in the dark.”