Reading 1 Samuel 23 – 25 for today…
“And he said unto his men, ‘The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 24:6 (KJB)
King Saul was out to kill David. He saw David as a threat to his being king, and especially to his kingdom, what was going to end. However, God had already made the decree (1 Samuel 13:13-14), and given the kingdom to another.
In the background of the story we find the King relieving himself in a cave. David and his men are hiding in the cave and David’s men encourage him to take Saul’s life; but he will not strike the LORD’S anointed.
David is the other whom God has chosen to have the ongoing, even eternal kingdom, and he has no eyes neither heart to hurt the King. He calls Saul the anointed of the LORD; so he will not lift a hand against him.
There is so much for us, for all men and women to learn from this:
- Do not be jealous of another person’s position or rank in life;
- Be careful about putting yourself in vulnerable situations in life;
- Remember this: just because you have the opportunity to destroy someone’s life or reputation or power does not mean that you should;
- Remember who is in charge of the events of your life; and that is GOD;
- This list is not exhaustive.
We can all be caught in vulnerable or compromising situations in life. Let us consider that before we say a word or lift a hand against those whom we may have angst or maybe jealous of their life situation.
David loved God. He let Him handle King Saul. Let us who are Christian follow our Lord and Savior, and hear His word… “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:39).