These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

1 Samuel 24: A Matter of Conscience

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of 1-Samuel.

How do we determine God's will? Do we look to circumstances? the counsel of friends? the words of Scripture? In 1 Samuel 24 everything seems to indicate that David should kill Saul and take his place on the throne of Israel. Yet David rejects conventional wisdom and uses a different method for deciding what is right. His attitude should cause us to reexamine our own notions about guidance.

Warming Up to God

As you begin this quiet time, consider in what area of your life you need God's guidance. Ask God to use this study to direct you.

Read 1 Samuel 24

Discovering the Word

  • What factors might have convinced David that it was God's will for him to kill Saul (vv. 1-7)?
  • Why do you think David places such importance on respecting the Lord's anointed (vv. 6, 10)?
  • What arguments does David use to convince Saul of his innocence (vv. 8-15)?
  • How does Saul respond to David's words (vv. 16-22)?
  • What do David's actions force Saul to conclude about David?

Applying the Word

  • We often rely on circumstances and the counsel of friends when making important decisions. To what extent are these reliable guides?
  • Is it ever right to go against conscience in a small area for the sake of a supposedly greater good? Explain.
  • How can we know when to take matters into our own hands and when to leave them in God's hands?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to give you wisdom in the area you are struggling with. Ask him to show you how to take action—or wait on him.

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