This is the conclusion of “Is your faith like a casual breeze or a focused tornado?” May you have been blessed by the message.
I Samuel 13
Saul was chosen by the people and because of this, it was going to be difficult for him to succeed.
Samuel asked Saul to wait seven days for his return to Gilgal. But during this time, Saul’s men that were gathered to battle against the Philistines started to scatter. They saw the Philistine troops and they were “like sand on the seashore in multitude.” The Israelites started to hide in caves, holes, rocks, tombs, and pits or cisterns (I Sam. 13:5-6).
Saul started to panic and felt that he had to do something because he felt the enemy closing in on him. Samuel was late and his men were starting to leave him. We often do the same thing when trouble comes our way and we go ahead of what the Lord has told us to do. We get anxious about getting through the situation that we miss the calling and the blessing.
In the following verses, we see Saul act foolishly. He doesn’t wait for Samuel, he offered the burnt offering to the Lord (which was forbidden), hence, disobeying God.
Our enemy could be right at our doorstep but the Lord won’t allow them to enter because the will of God is in place. Everything was in motion; all Saul had to do was wait for Samuel to return.
I Samuel 13:12 (AMP)
I thought, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. So I forced myself to offer a burnt offering.
Two words that stand out in the verse above are “I thought” and “forced.” We can see how Saul’s faith was like a “casual breeze”; comes and goes and moved by fleshly things.
God gives him another chance and when Saul battles against the Amalekites, we see, again, he doesn’t follow the specific instructions given to him. This added to his demise of the kingdom.
I Samuel 21-22
David was chosen by God himself. When he escaped from Saul, people helped him along the way to keep him safe; he immediately commanded a group of 400 men. The enemy was a few steps behind him, but the Lord was sparing his life every step of the way.
David fought battles for the Lord during this time and kept focused on Him. What are we focused on during our trial and tribulation? Are we focused on the problem or on the Lord? Do we focus on the Lord like Jesus did during His last struggle at Calvary and win the prize? Or do we act like Judah and are so caught up in the material that he misses the calling altogether.
Hebrews 12:2 (AMP)
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
I Samuel 24-30
During his time in the wilderness, David has the opportunity to kill Saul twice. But David is torn to do so. “Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be against you.”
David loves Saul so much that he spares his life and continues to run from Saul. The mercy David gives Saul is the same mercy the Lord gives us. We are not worthy but we have a Father who loves us so dearly that He continues to give us chances. But we all know that eventually those chances run out and if we’re not right in the Lord, we will be destroyed.
As we read other chapters in 1 Samuel, before David plans to attack in battle or has a critical decision to make, he seeks the Lord. One particular attack stands out in 1 Samuel 30. While he and his men were away with Achish to fight in battle, the Amalekites take raid of Ziglag where David’s and his men’s household were residing. No one was killed but they were all taken captive.
If we meditate on this story, most of our first reaction is to go after our enemy, strike them down, and take back what’s ours. But what does David do? He goes to the Lord and asks, “Should I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”(I Sam. 30:8). Is he angry? Sure he is! Does he want to take revenge? Sure he does! But he knows that what God has in store for him is greater than his revengeful desire. He knows seeking the Lord would be his best interest. God answers, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” David recovers everything; nothing missing. Plus he takes possession of his enemies’ flocks and herds. David goes back with more than what he started off with.
Saul eventually died with his own sword in battle against the Philistines and David stepped up to the position. David was equipped and ready to move into the role God planned for him.
Do we exhibit the faith of Saul; like a “casual breeze?” His disobedience caused havoc on himself and his household. He sought out for himself and not the Lord. Saul wanted to please the people.
Or do we take on the faith of David like a “focused tornado?” His obedience caused him to succeed and prosper even when Saul was chasing after to kill him. He won battles with other nations, and there was always someone God put in his path to feed him and his men. God caused favor upon David because he wanted to please God.
If we could have as little faith like a mustard seed, which is not much, the Lord will help us grow that seed into a full grown harvest.
Matthew 17:20 (AMP)
He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.