In 1 Samuel 29, we read of Achish telling David that he is “blameless in (his) sight as an angel of God.” Those are some kind words for David. Even so, the Philistines were going off to battle, but they didn’t want David to go with them. They were concerned that he would become an adversary if he accompanied them.
In verse 3, we read, “I have found no fault in (David) to this day” (ESV). Though “the lords do not approve” Achish recognized David as “honest” and “found nothing wrong” (v. 6 ESV). David was a man with a good reputation. He was trusted by those who knew him.
Today consider the words one would say about you. Would people say you are honest? Would people find any fault with you? Would they speak kind words? We are to please God rather than man (Acts 5:29). As we live a life pleasing to God – obeying His Word and following His will, we too will be on the receiving end of kind words. People will take notice as you rebel against the world, as you live differently than what the world says. Stand up for the truth and you will stand firm.
“And Achish answered David and said, ‘I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God. Nevertheless, the commanders of the Philistines have said, ‘He shall not go up with us to the battle.’” 1 Samuel 29:9 [ESV]
During Hannah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving, there is a verse that always sticks out to me—“No one will succeed by strength alone” (2:9b NLT). I think that is something we need to remind ourselves of daily because we are often quick to attempt to do things by our own strength. I know there are moments when I consider if I could do something by my own strength without even considering God. It is too easy to slip into doing things considering our own strength.
No one will succeed by strength alone. The Psalmist wrote: “The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior” (33:16 NLT). We need to remember the first part of today’s verse, “He will protect his faithful ones.” His faithful ones are those who keep their eyes on Him. No one will succeed alone, but God has promised that those who are faithful He will protect. What a great promise!
Today remember that success cannot be by strength alone. The only true success in life is found is Christ Jesus. God has promised to protect His faithful ones. There is no need to struggle by your own strength when you can instead surrender to God and see things much differently.
“He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone.” – 1 Samuel 2:9 [NLT]