A Special Ministry Needed Today
April 20, 2020: SOAP #3791: 1Samuel 23; Psalm 31,54; Matthew 7
Scripture: 1Samuel (NIV) 23:15 While David was atHoresh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take hislife. 16 And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him to findstrength in God. 17 “Don't be afraid,” he said. “My father Saulwill not lay a hand on you. You shall be king over Israel, and I will be secondto you. Even my father Saul knows this.” 18 The two of them made acovenant before the LORD. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained atHoresh.
Observation: Davidwas under God's protection so King Saul could not find him; but Saul's son,Jonathan, who loved David had no trouble in finding David. Jonathan was used by God to encourageDavid. He 'helped him to find strengthin God.' Jonathan could not stay withDavid, so he could not promise any personal help. BUT Jonathan knew someone who would neverleave David, God! Jonathan's help was solimited, but God's help was so Unlimited!
How amazing, God brought David encouragement from the very family of the one workingto destroy him!
Application: When people look to me for help, I cando what Jonathan did: I can 'help themto find strength in the Lord.' Myresources are so limited. My wisdom isnot enough for the need. But I have anAll-wise, Unlimited Resource that cares for them even more than I do! When I go to sleep at night, He will still bewatching over them. When I cannot lay ahand of encouragement on their shoulder, He fills their heart with Hispresence!
(A special word for a reader of this SOAP: Be encouraged! God is going tobring you help from the inner circle of the one committed to your failure.)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Make me an encourager of someonetoday. Minister your encouragement through me, I pray. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!