1 Samuel 21:1-9

David Takes Consecrated Bread

21 Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech came trembling to meet David and said to him, “Why are you alone and no one with you?” David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, ‘Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you; and I have directed the young men to a certain place.’ Now therefore, what [a]do you have on hand? Give [b]me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found.” The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread [c]on hand, but there is consecrated bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.” David answered the priest and said to him, “Surely women have been kept from us as previously when I set out and the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was an ordinary journey; how much more then today will [d]their vessels be holy?” So the priest gave him consecrated bread; for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away.

Now one of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord; and his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s shepherds.

David said to Ahimelech, “Now is there not a spear or a sword [e]on hand? For I brought neither my sword nor my weapons [f]with me, because the king’s matter was urgent.” Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you [g]killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you would take it for yourself, take it. For there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

It’s interesting that the first place David goes when he is on the run, fearing for his life, is to the priest of God. One would think that he has plenty of friends who are soldiers, but perhaps he was unsure of their loyalty to Saul.

But though he goes to the priest, he does not trust him with the true reason for his urgency. And soon we will see that he was not acting very rationally at all. Even though he knew he could trust God, fear does strange things to us.

When we are afraid, this is difficult to do, but we need to stop and remember that we can rely on God. He is our rock, faithful through any storm of life. His peace is the only thing that can calm our fear, and give us true peace. But it is harder to do this when you have not sought out His peace before the storm comes.

In good times and bad, trust in God, give thanks to Him. Let your focus be one Him and rest in His peace. Then, when storms come, they will find it much more difficult to rock your boat and rob your peace, which comes from God.

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