Monday, October 6, 2008

David is Beloved and Successful


Text: I Samuel 18
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Audio Mp3: Listen Here
Date: September 28, 2008

What is the secret to success? The world might say that status, power and good looks are vital. King Saul has all of these, yet by I Samuel 18 he is in sharp decline.

David, on the other hand, is loved by almost everyone and all that he does prospers. The reason is that God is with him. Because of David’s success and popularity Saul becomes jealous and tries to destroy him, even using his own daughter as a pawn in his schemes. The LORD, however, has departed from Saul so that his attempts to destroy David fail. Saul, in his foolish jealousy and anger, serves as a warning to us.

What matters most in our lives is not the approval of men, or even worldly measures of success. The most important thing is that God, Who opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble, is with us.

We may have troubles (or even Sauls) in our lives, but we live in confidence that the LORD is sovereignly working out His good purpose in and through us.

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