In 1 Samuel 22-24, the epic of David’s ascension to the throne continues. God had promised that David would become king of Israel, and God would make sure to fulfill His promise. This promise, however, did not mean that David went through life without suffering. Saul had come to fear David, and had a different plan for this supposed trader – a swift death. Though David was exiled and on the run, God would see His promise through by providentially provide for and protecting David. God gave David a prophet, an army of hundreds of men, his family, a priest, support among Saul’s inner court, and even a covenant with Saul’s own son Jonathan. God also protected and guarded David from Saul by warning David of Saul’s coming, keeping Saul’s army from finding David, and finally delivering Saul into David’s hand.
Like many historical retelling of the Bible, the main purpose of this passage is to lead the reader to eternal truths about God, and not simply to retell a captivating event. God is a sovereign promise keeper. The fact that the LORD is all-powerful and does not lie is incredibly important to the believer, because God has made many promises to us as well! In fact, we have been promised greater things than an earthly throne. Believers can have full hope and assurance that God will come through in His promises for us, just as He always has. As with David, God’s promises do not mean all suffering in this life will cease. However, these promises do mean that God will see you through unto the goal no matter the obstacles. Promise keeping is our sovereign God’s nature.
Mr. Eric Schievenin, COR Intern and Youth Director