1 Samuel 19:2
“But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:”
One of the saddest things that is said about Saul is found in the verse above. Jonathan told David, “…my father seeketh to kill thee…” Why would Saul lower himself to make it his agenda to kill a fellow believer? This is not the work of God to try to destroy a fellow believer. No; this is the work of Satan. Though it was Saul’s jealousy that caused him to do this, David had to take precautions to protect his life from the hand of Saul.
This desire of Saul reminds me of Satan’s desire to kill the believer. 1 Peter 5:8 warns the believer when it says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Satan has a contract on your life. Just as Saul sought to kill David, so Satan seeks to kill the believer. My friend, Satan seeks to kill you. He desires to devour you. He cares not how he destroys and kills you; he just wants you to be killed. The believer would be wise to follow the advice that Jonathan gave to David. Let me share his advice with you.
First, take heed to thyself. Exodus 23:13 says, “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect…” You must be cautious about everything you do in life. You must be careful not to take risks that could easily turn to sin. Just as you would be alert in a desert where lions roam, so you should be alert in your daily walk that you don’t do things that Satan could use to destroy you. Be careful that you don’t become aloof about what you do. Be careful that you don’t become overconfident in your ability to ward off sin. Always remember that the believer’s overconfidence in their ability to handle sin is Satan’s trap to destroy the saint of God. Take heed to everything you do. Ask God to keep you from sin. Never become confident in your ability to handle sin. Always be a novice that needs God’s help to avoid sin.
Second, abide in a secret place. The secret place for the believer is the prayer closet. Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The believer who rarely visits the secret place of prayer will always find themselves playing in the places of sin to their own detriment. My friend, prayer is the answer to having the strength to overcome sin. You will find that you will have God’s strength to overcome sin when you spend time with Him in the secret place of prayer. If you find yourself yielding to sin’s temptation more often than not, you would be wise to check to see if you have neglected your time in the prayer closet. Abiding in the secret place of prayer is where you will find God’s presence to overshadow you which will ward off the temptation of sin.
Third, hide yourself from sin. When Jonathan told David to “hide thyself,” he was telling David to set up guidelines to keep himself from being discovered. The wise believer will set up standards of holiness in their life to keep them from the time of temptation. Those who think holiness standards are restrictive are only revealing their desire to play with sin. The wise believer who wants to please the LORD and stay away from sin will realize sin’s strength and their weakness, and they will set up standards that will hide them from sin’s temptation. You will establish holiness standards to hide yourself from sin if you want don’t want Satan to destroy you.