DCLM Deeper Life Daily Manna Devotional | 3 January 2022 | The Mirage Experience
TOPIC: The Mirage Experience
TEXT: 1 Samuel 18:22-30
KEY VERSE: “And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law” (1 SAMUEL 18:22).
DCLM Deeper Life Daily Manna Devotional | 3 January 2022 | The Mirage Experience Sermon
A mirage is an optical illusion in the desert, sea or plane surface during a sunny day. It occurs under certain atmospheric conditions, in which objects appear to be real from a distance. An observer viewing it would hope it is a lake in the distance if he is travelling across the desert. As the thirsty traveller moves on in expectation of a stream to quench his thirst, he discovers the water he appeared to have seen has moved or disappeared. It is unreal.
David was ensnared in that illusory hope when the murderous King Saul presented a marriage proposal to make him his in-law. The devilish conspiracy to eliminate the young son of Jesse had been with splendid prospects. Who would not readily grab a lifetime chance to be a member of a royal family through marriage to a king’s daughter?
Yet, not all that glitters is gold. Many hell-inspired counsel and propositions come our way wrapped with good intentions. But their contents are deadly. The only way to avoid their enticement is to seek the Lord. He can guide the believer who reaches out to Him for help. David did not go to God for approval before plunging into the deal with Saul. It was unusual of him; still, the Lord was with him. He leapt over the first hurdle schemed to have him killed by the Philistines through Saul’s demand.
Believers ought to be wary about agreements they enter because there are false brethren who are seeking to trap us in temptations of all sorts and distract us from being ready for the rapture. We need to turn over every detail of our secular and ministerial life to God in prayer to avoid falling into the false hope of a mirage.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Focus on the Messiah, not the mirage.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 6-7