Scripture – 1 Samuel 14:52
There was hard fighting against the Philistines all the days of Saul. And when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he attached him to himself.
Saul was a scared leader. He was scared because he knew his time as king could come to an end at any moment – because the Lord had found someone after his own heart and would make them king.
Saul assumed it would be a strong and courageous man, so whenever he met on, he invited them to work for him. The saying goes, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”.
It’s easy to see how Saul’s fear and worry became the center of his life over time. He was trying to hold onto the kingdom for himself, which was already destined for David, a poetry-writing, harp-playing, sheep-herding teenager.
Jesus teaches us to pray – “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. Sometimes its easy to say those words but what we’re hoping for is – “I hope the stuff you want to do is exactly the stuff I want to do”.
There is freedom in focusing on God’s heart and allowing him to bend our hearts around his, and there is fear and anxiety when we try to squeeze God into our own thoughts and dreams of what could be.
In my life, I want to be known as a man who lives in the freedom of trusting in the will of God – never trying to gather around me people or systems or things that I could naïvely believe could help keep God’s will from being done.
Dad, I ask that your will to be done today. Soften my heart to more clearly hear your voice and trust you. In Jesus’ name, amen.