Daily Devotional

“Then the men of David said to him, ‘This is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you.’” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. So…” 1 Samuel 24:4-7

When I read this it reminded me of some instances in my youth when I began to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit but didn’t recognize it as His voice until later in my life. One particular instance stands out. It was in a classroom when we were being quizzed in a unique way. My teacher would ask a question and if we were the first one to stand and answer we would get to move forward a desk, trying to make it to the first desk. I remember peeking in my book to get an answer, jumped up and answered and then moved forward a desk. Throughout the rest of day I began to feel “troubled of heart” and by the time I got home I went into my mom crying, and confessed what I had done. She drove me to school and we met with my teacher and I confessed to him. The next day I was at the desk at the back of the classroom when we began a continuation of quizzing. My teacher never said why, and not many asked me. It was humbling, but my heart was free.

Through the next several years I had similar “heart-troubling” and I began to think I just had a really good conscience. It wasn’t until I began to really read God’s Word daily that I learned the role of the Holy Spirit in my life and understood that it had nothing to do with anything of myself but it was His heart that was at odds with mine that caused this heartache.

God doesn’t want any of us to perish so He gave us the Holy Spirit to draw us to Him. And when His Spirit becomes a part of us He continues to draw us closer and closer to Himself. This humbling not only draws us closer to Him but it brings us closer and closer to one another. It is what gives us the courage and strength to let go of what we want and give in to what someone else wants, to humble ourselves to serve each other. It creates unity with Him and with one another.

“Help me Lord to submit and confess my sin when Your Spirit causes my heart to be troubled.”
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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