We All Need Help
Jon: On this episode of the bible story podcast.
Bradon: Saul is on the hunt for David. Will he find him? Will he finally kill David? Stay tuned to hear the story and to learn a valuable lesson.
Jon: We all need help!
About the Story
Bradon: Last week’s story was about a sheep farmer and his wife, Abigail.
Jon: it turned out that the sheep farmer was mean and repaid David’s kindness with evil.
Bradon: Long story short, this man died, and David married his Abigail.
Jon: The story taught us an important lesson we all need to be redirected toward God.
Bradon: Today’s story is from 1 Samuel 26. It appears that King Saul still wanted to get rid of David.
Jon: There is always something important to learn in these stories and again, there is a tricky lesson for us today.
Bradon: This one is tricky but essential. Notice how Saul said all the right things to David about how sorry he was. This was pretty similar to the time David cut the hem of Saul’s robe off. Saul said all the right things then too.
Jon: That’s right, and in those moments where David proved Saul’s wrongdoing, Saul’s response seemed very genuine, but it didn’t last. Saul would again feel threatened by David and then decide to try and kill him.
Bradon: The lesson is this. Repentance needs to be both heartfelt and enduring to be genuine. We can’t just change our minds once our emotions change like Saul. Choosing right has to endure beyond our changing emotions.
Jon: This is important on both sides. Let’s say you have a friend that is pretty rude or mean. You talk to them about it, and they seem sorry, but a couple of days later, the same thing happens.
Bradon: At this point, it may be best to distance yourself from that person. They have not valued you enough to change and treat you well.
Jon: This is particularly important when it comes to a relationship that can be considered dangerous. Abusive or neglectful relationships are often very hard to leave. In these types of scenarios or relationships, it is always best to reach out for help from someone like a teacher, the police or an agency like Child and Family Services here in Alberta, a trusted individual who is able to help keep you and the people you love safe.
Bradon: There is also the other side. Honestly, I think we can all relate to repeatedly getting tripped up by the same sinful behaviour. We need to go and get some help with this harmful behaviour. Perhaps we could speak with a trusted friend, teacher, pastor or counsellor.
Jon: The point is regardless of what side you find yourself on, we all need help from sin.