Notes from the Journey with David – 32

32. The best thing I can do is escape to the land of the Philistines (1 Samuel 27:1).
Chapter 27 seems to demonstrate David’s inability to trust God. He relocates to Philistia and must resort to deception and unspeakable violence to carve out a place for himself there. It is likely moments such as this that disqualified David from building the temple. His acts of deception and killing later culminate with Uriah, the Hittite, but here we can see more widespread demonstrations of such behavior. David kills every inhabitant of the cities he raids and then lies to the Philistine leader concerning where he has been. Perhaps David has given up on God’s promise or at least is acting out of his frustration for Saul’s unrelenting effort to kill him. The point is that when we lose hope, we make choices that can prove costly to us later.

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