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Read: 1 Samuel 24:1-7
Observe what it says: (my summarization of the Scripture)
After Saul finished pursuing the Philistines, he was told that David was in the Desert of En Gedi. So he took three thousand of his chosen men and set out to search for David near the Crags of the Wild Goats. Saul came by the sheep pens along the way and found a cave, so he went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave and they said to David, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands . . .’”
So David crept up unnoticed by Saul and cut off a corner from his robe. After he had done that, he felt guilty for his actions and told his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master . . . lifting my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” After he said that to his men he rebuked them and did not allow them to attack Saul—letting Saul leave the cave unharmed.
Recognize what is noteworthy and true:
It seems that all along the way as I study 1 Samuel, God has positioned and timed every event to occur at just the right time and place for the most God-honoring outcome. So this moment when Saul chose to relieve himself seems no different. Who knew that even the timing of a king’s bladder or bowels could be instrumental to the Lord’s purposes being done?! All kidding aside, I truly see how God is the ultimate Weaver of details in His all-knowing and masterful way.
I have to wonder if there was more than one obvious reason for God to prompt Saul to go into that particular cave and relieve himself. What a humiliating and vulnerable position he was found in by David. Perhaps God wanted Saul to experience being humbled and exposed in this way. And yet David’s choice—once revealed—would only further convince Saul of David’s loyalty to him.
I’m so amazed that David didn’t act upon any self-motivated desires to do what seemed obvious, at least to his men. I know I would’ve justified the choice to finish Saul off in that moment, especially with my comrades-in-arms telling me it was that right point in time. This reminds me of how strong David’s character was, as well as how insightful he was about God’s plans and ways.
I really can’t fathom or understand fully David’s reasoning for not harming Saul. His concern about “lifting a hand against” Saul surely wasn’t about cutting off a piece of his robe. But if he did consider that injurious, then he certainly had a rare and high esteem for the position of God’s anointed king. How easy it would’ve been for him to consider himself “God’s anointed” in that moment and act upon this grand and imminent opportunity. Perhaps he knew the implications of being the one to bring harm to Saul. Likewise, he must’ve believed that God should be the One to end Saul’s reign, which explains why he turned and rebuked his men for their opportunistic attitudes.
I’m sure this demonstration of restraint and integrity taught these men volumes. This was a leader being handed the chance of a lifetime, yet could confidently pass it up for God’s best instead. I know that would inspire me if I had a leader with that kind of clarity of purpose and strength of character.
Thought to take: (application for the day)
I want to be like David was here and not pounce on my enemies, or anyone who might occasionally treat me unfairly or harshly. I want to see those times as opportunities to yield my way for God’s way. I know that having that clarity of purpose comes from studying God’s word continually and applying it even when it hurts to do so. I want that to be my commitment today—to follow God’s word and truths without wavering. I also want to realize the power of my influence in other people’s lives. I want to inspire them spiritually by doing what requires great sacrifice for the sake of God’s purposes and not my own.
Ttt: (condensed thought—two to choose from or come up with one of your own)
1) Know and live out God’s truth 2) Be an example of godly sacrifice and integrity for others
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