1 Samuel 23:19-28 reads like an action movie complete with edge-of-your-seat, heart-stopping, nail-biting moments! King Saul is on a mindless pursuit of David. He is intent on finding and killing the poor guy so his throne will be preserved for his descendants. David and his band of warriors are running for their lives from town to town, from wildernesses to caves.
They make it to the Wilderness of Ziph and before they can get comfortable, some Ziphites leak David's whereabouts to King Saul. David finds out, leaves Ziph for Maon. Well some informants tell Saul and he pursues David there too.
"Saul was going along one side of the mountain, and David and his men were on the other side, hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them, a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land.” Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines..." 1 Samuel 23:26-28
Just in the nick of time! Just before Saul catches up to David, God creates a much needed distraction- the Philistine invasion. But for that, Saul would have caught David!! That is how God works.
God has a plan for each of us and is fiercely protective of His plans. As Job discovered, God can do all things and no purpose of His can be thwarted!
May the God of the eleventh hour come to your aid when you least expect. May He rescue you from any tight spots you find yourself in. May He turn away your pursuers and distract your enemies as He works out His purposes and His plans in your life. Amen.
Love, Lady Monica ❤