Saturday, January 16, 2016

Devotional Thought : 1 Samuel 22:20

But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David. 1 Samuel 22:20

Saul ordered that all the priests be killed because they had supplied David with provisions when he made his escape. Abiathar was the only one who escaped the slaughter. God preserved his life to carry on the priesthood and now he joins David. God preserves a remnant – the 'one' to carry on the line of priests. With God, one is enough to bring about his purposes.

Now the one anointed to be king and the one who is carry on the priesthood are together in hiding. Often we only consider God's protection of David from Saul but God also protected Abiathar. Possibly for over a decade this priest wondered around the wilderness with David and his men hiding from Saul and fulfilling his priestly duties. Meanwhile Saul had deprived himself of a priest to call upon.

Like God reduced Gideon's army, like God reduced the crowds sustenance to one boy's lunch, so God reduces our resources so we know that it is God alone who sustains and enables us to achieve his purposes. Even with the minimal of resources God can ensure his purposes are not thwarted.

God had one Son to send into the world. God protected him from Herod's killing spree, from those who tried to stone him (John 8:59, 10:31) and from those who sought to throw him off a cliff (Luke 4:30). At just the right time, Jesus died for our sins and became our high priest (Hebrews 6:20).

One life that achieved so much. Likewise God can take our one life and achieve much more than we can imagine. What seems small and inconsequential in our hands can be turned into many blessings in God's hands.

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