A New Normal (1 Samuel 21-23)

That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.  But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land?  Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: “‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?” (1 Samuel 21:10-11)

Sometimes the circumstances of life bring about a new normal in our daily living.  These can be good things, such as the birth of a child, a new job, or something else positive that happens in life.  They can also be negative things, such as the loss of a loved one or a move or a car accident.  In each of those incidences, we come to the conclusion that the “new normal” is permanent and that it will never change.

In David’s situation, he was being pursued by a mentally unstable king.  Whereas he had, at one time, eaten at the king’s table and enjoyed fellowship in the king’s presence, David’s new normal was running in fear for his life.  He didn’t do anything to deserve the new normal aside from being supportive of the one he served with the help of God’s hand.

From David’s perspective, all he knew was that his life consisted of being chased and pursued – never knowing which day might be his last because one of Saul’s spears finally pierced him through the chest.  In fact, David had no idea what sort of blessing the Lord was about to lavish upon him because of his faithfulness to God.

There may be a moment in time when you experience a new normal, and it may not be anything like what you hoped it would be.  In that moment, take heart, and realize that God may be getting ready to lavish His blessing upon your life. Continue walking in His ways, and be ready to receive what He has in store.

Heavenly Father, sometimes it feels as though the “new normal” will never end.  It even seems as though Your hand isn’t with me any longer and that You have abandoned me.  As much as it feels that way, Lord, I know Your Word says You will never leave me or forsake me.  Help me to remember You in those times, and let me be faithful to You regardless of how challenging my new normal is.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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