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- Bible Reading 1 Samuel 24:1-22 NASB
- Focus Scripture 1 Samuel 24:10 NASB Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord had given you today into my hands in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’
A hurricane is also referred to as a tropical cyclone and has sustained winds of at least 74 mph. The eye is the center; listening to meteorologists they are quick to point out whether the hurricane has a defined eye. At its center, the eye is an area of very low pressure with few clouds and calmer winds. However, the area outside of the eye called the eyewall is the most dangerous part of a hurricane. The winds at the eyewall can reach speeds of 155 mph. *Source http://www.huricanescience.org*
Do you have a defined eye? Who or what lives on your eyewall? Is it ready to destroy what you’ve worked hard to build? Is God in your eye?
While most of us sitting further inland are waiting for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, there are others that are feeling its effects. Wind, rain, flooding, and property damage may be widespread. It’s not easy to wait out a storm of any kind especially if a loss is imminent. But God. His grace and mercy are enough to sustain His children, those who believe in His lessons and see His teachings as a way of growing. Some lessons are harder to grasp than others and we may want to seek revenge or cry out in despair. Psalm 35:1-28 All kinds of ideas run through my mind when I’m being attacked. I wonder if I’m doing the Lord’s will and start to doubt His plan for me. Each time I felt the urge to flee or abandon God’s chosen path His gracious love guides me back, strengthening my resolve to push forward.
King David had to wait, just as the prophet Samuel waited for him in the field because he was out tending the sheep. In 1 Samuel 16:11-12 we learn that David’s eyes are beautiful. King Saul would be replaced because he took his eyes off of doing the Lord’s will and sought to further his own agenda. King Saul acknowledged David would succeed him and asked David to swear not to destroy his name. Our enemies will often ask us to show them mercy when they were not willing to do the same. That is a mark of maturity and love, to know God will judge our enemies according to their actions. Even in this, we must wait.
How we wait is important. Are we: waiting patiently continuing with what God called us to do, waiting with a sense of urgency ready to move when called, waiting with a heavy heart grieving over changes, or waiting idly twiddling our thumbs as though nothing matters? King David had a center focus which was God and he waited 20 years before he sat on his throne. David waited with calm urgency as God worked everything out for His good. God’s voice was louder than those who were with him. Cutting off a piece of King Saul’s garment was enough. (1 Samuel 24:4-7 NASB) David showed mercy and restraint he handed his troubles over to God and revealed his character to Saul. The two Kings were able to make a covenant shielding Saul’s family from the sword of David. What is interesting to note in verse 22 (1 Samuel 24:22) David returned to his cave with the rest of his followers. So while this was a great act and move forward in the right direction, it wasn’t David’s time to move into the palace. He continued to wait.
The eye in me is focused on doing the will of the Lord. I have those around me who say things that are contrary to His will and desire to ignite me because on the edge of my eye is revenge, hatred, evil, and destruction. I ask God to strengthen my eyes so that I only see what He desires me to do. I ask God to strengthen my ears to hear Him over everyone else. I ask God to forgive my thoughts and keep me from the edge which will cause destruction to my soul.
- Do I have a defined eye?
- Who or what lives on my eyewall? Is it ready to destroy what I’ve worked hard to build?
- Is God in my eye?