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Staying on Course

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 20-23
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“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” – Psalm 48:14

In today’s passage we find David going to Jonathan to find out why Saul was trying to kill him. Listen to Jonathan’s answer: “You are not going to die! My father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without confiding in me. Why would he hide this from me? It’s not so!” Was Jonathan trying to lure David into a trap? No, of course not. If David could depend on the loyalty of anyone, it was that of Jonathan. Counsel can be wrong, even when given by someone who truly loves you and has your best interests at heart.

After my wife and I became Christians, we decided that I should quit my job and we should go to Northwestern College for some Bible training. Most of our friends and relatives tried to talk us out of it. They were well meaning, but misdirected. When we need to make decisions, we need to look to the God who guides us. The Bible says “in multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 24:6 KJV).

In addition to many counselors, we also must look for direction in the Bible and from the witness of the Holy Spirit.

A Christian seeking to know the will of God is like a ship captain who must line up three lights in order to make a safe approach into the harbor. For Christians, those three lights are the Bible, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and the counsel of godly friends. When the three lights look like one, then he is on the right course.


Lord, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path… My heart is set on keeping Your decrees to the very end” (Psalm 119:105,112). Amen.

To Ponder

We should carefully line up the “three lights” when seeking the right course.

(The Navigators)