Topic: A Crocodile Smile
[DCLM Daily Manna 3 January 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: 1 Samuel 18:22-30 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law” (1 Samuel 18:22).
Not too long ago, a country’s army within the West African subregion launched an operation which is code-named, “Operation Crocodile Smile” in a particular region of the country to combat the frequent incidence of vandals sabotaging oil installations in the region. We all know that crocodiles don’t smile; therefore, this code was used metaphorically to denote something more serious.
Saul, a master schemer, sent his servants to David to persuade him to become the king’s son-in-law and to tell him how much the king and his servants loved him. Meanwhile, he was busy laying a terrible snare for his life. For the bride price, he asked for him for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, intending to have him killed in the process of securing them. Against all odds, David got even more than what was required and Saul was compelled to give his daughter, Michal, in marriage to him. But this was the beginning of the games on his life.
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Saul had been David’s arch enemy right from the day he killed Goliath to dwarf his achievements and reputation as Israel’s king. And when the women rose up in songs heralding the exploits of this young lad, Saul was envious, and unjustly planned to have David eliminated. He played nice in order to make him relax and not be on his guard so that he would kill him. But God delivered David from his evil plans.
As believers, we must realise that the murky waters of life are infested with hidden enemies like crocodiles, waiting to make a kill. Therefore, we should walk carefully and prayerfully under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to overcome in the battles of life. Through prayer and watchfulness, we must not succumb to the wiles of the devil.
Thought For The Day: It is folly to succumb to the subtle strategies of evil men.
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