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Summary: What can happen after we experience a wonderful accomplishment? Like David, we usually come face to face with the realities of life.

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After A Big Victory Comes Reality

1 Samuel 18:1-19

1 Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

2Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father's house anymore.

3Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

4And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

5So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants.

6Now it had happened as they were coming home, when David was returning from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women had come out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments.

7So the women sang as they danced, and said: "Saul has slain his thousands,

And David his ten thousands."

8Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said,

"They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed

only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?"

9So Saul eyed David from that day forward.

10And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came

upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house. So David played music with

his hand, as at other times; but there was a spear in Saul's hand.

11And Saul cast the spear, for he said, "I will pin David to the wall!" But

David escaped his presence twice.

12Now Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, but had departed from Saul.

13Therefore Saul removed him from his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 14And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him. 15Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.

16But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

17Then Saul said to David, "Here is my older daughter Merab; I will give her to you as a wife. Only be valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles." For Saul thought, "Let my hand not be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him."

18So David said to Saul, "Who am I, and what is my life or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?"

19But it happened at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.

Three men began talking one day about their wives.

The first man said, "When we got married,

I told my wife in no uncertain terms

that from now on she would have to do all the cooking.

Well, the first day after I told her, I saw nothing.

The second day I saw nothing.

But on the third day when I came home from work,

the table was set; a wonderful dinner was prepared...

and there was even dessert."

The second man spoke up,

"I sat my wife down and told her

that from now on she would have to do all the shopping,

and also do all the cleaning.

The first day I saw nothing.

The second day I saw nothing.

But on the third day when I came home,

the whole house was spotless,

and in the kitchen the shelves were filled with groceries."

The third man sat up straight, pushed out his chest and said:

"I gave my wife a stern look and told her

that from now on she would have to do

all the cooking, shopping and housecleaning.

Well the first day I saw nothing.

The second day I still saw nothing.

But on the third day I could see a little bit out of my left eye."

That's how life is sometimes.

It hits us right between the eyes,

and we come crashing back to reality.

That's something that David experienced

After killing Goliath the giant.

Sometimes the toughest trials come just after the victory.

That's a time when we are often most vulnerable

to temptation and discouragement.

Following David's victory over Goliath,

David encountered something almost more than he could take.

One of the best things that God does for us

is to keep us from knowing what will happen beyond today.

We are to take life one day at a time.

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