Summary: David and his time in Ziklag. How he moved out of touch with God and then realizes his mistake and leaves the enemy terriroty.

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The Price of Disobedience

I Samuel 27-30

Illustration –

Once upon a time the devil decided to have a garage sale. He did it because he wanted to clear out some of his old tools to make room for new ones.

After he set up his wares, a fellow dropped by to see what he had. Arrayed on a long table were all the tricks of his infernal trade. Each tool had a price tag. In one corner was a shiny implement labeled “Anger—$250,” next to it a curved tool labeled “Sloth—$380.”

As the man searched, he found “Criticism—$500” and “Jealousy—$630.”

Out of the corner of his eye, the man spotted a beaten-up tool with a price tag of $12,000. Curious, the man asked the devil why he would offer a worn-out piece of junk for such an exorbitant price. The devil said it was expensive because he used it so much. “What is it?,” the man asked. The answer came back, “It is discouragement. It always works when nothing else will.”

Surely all of us can testify to the truth of that little fable. We all know from hard experience how the devil uses discouragement to keep us from moving ahead

. When anger won’t stop us, when lust can do us no harm, when envy finds no foothold, discouragement always works. It is the devil’s number one tool.

The dictionary defines discouragement as “anything that makes us less confident and hopeful.” Another way to look at it is to say that encouragement is the act of putting courage into someone. Therefore, discouragement is anything that takes the courage out.

That’s a dangerous state to be in because a discouraged person makes many mistakes. You won’t be surprised to learn that David’s life offers an excellent example of what discouragement can do to a man of God. The story is told in I Samuel 27-30, a passage little known to most of us but one which is perfectly relevant today.

I. What Discouragement Did to David

The story begins this way: “But David thought to himself, ‘One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand’” (I Samuel 27:1).

In those words you have the x-ray of a discouraged soul. It shows us what discouragement can do to you and me.

A. First, discouragement destroyed his perspective.

1. It all begins when David starts to think about his situation. For nearly ten years he’s been

running from Saul.

a. Ten years is a big chunk out of a man’s life.

b. Maybe he was tired on this particular day.

c. No one could blame him for feeling down. We’ve all been in the same place. But this time

his mind jumps from one negative to another---at last he reaches a hopeless

conclusion: “One of these days Saul is going to get me. I don’t know where or when or

how but I can’t run like this forever. It may not come for a year or it may happen tomorrow

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