May 28 – Close Calls
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 21:1-23:29 / John 18:1-24 / Proverbs 13:10-19
How many times does God keep up us one step ahead of the enemy? David had close encounters with the vengeful Saul, but God kept David just out of the reach of the murderous king. David dodged spears thrown by Saul from across the room and he fled cities just before Saul arrived.
In 1 Samuel 23:26 it says, “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.” This reminds me of an old silent movie when someone is chasing another person franticly around a building. The faster they run the faster the other runs; when they stop to pant for air, the other one stops at the same time trying to catch their breath. No matter how quickly the pursuer runs, the pursued is always on the other side of the building.
Saul would have caught David but a messenger called Saul to return because the Philistines had invaded Israel. Saul left and stopped his pursuit of David…he didn’t know how close he was to capturing David. This was the hand of God at work in David’s life – God coming through at the most strategic time.
If we look closely at our lives, we can see when God kept the enemy at bay. Times when certain destruction or loss could have happened but it was averted by a last minute turn of the wheel, a change in schedule, or an unexpected financial blessing. All of those “close calls” were God’s miraculous intervention in our lives. It reminds us how vulnerable we are and our great need for His intervention. So, if you feel the enemy “breathing down your neck”, take heart, God will not let you fall…He is the God of “Close Calls”!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!