1 Sam 24:1-22
What will you do, if you were handed the opportunity to destroy an enemy who has been pursuing your life, the chance on a platter of gold?
Saul went back to continue to chase David today in the holdings of Engedi with three thousand men. David was however on the other side. While Saul went into a cave and covered his feet, an opportunity was presented David to kill Saul once and for all. In fact his men told him that it was the day God has promised to deliver his enemy unto his hand. David however refrained from killing Saul and warned his men also not to touch him because he was an anointed of the Lord. Am sure those men would be wondering whether David was mad, after being chased all these days, living in fear and danger, probably in the cold of the wilderness, an opportunity finally came to end it all, but their leader chose otherwise.
David showed today that he had a good heart unlike Saul’s evil heart. He understood the things of God, and God’s order. He was already living the way God would expect under the new testament where his people would be required to love their enemies and pray for those who spitefully use them. He understood not to touch the Lord’s anointed or do his chosen harm. Indeed, David was a man of strong loyalty and character, a faithful man that Saul himself would do well to have on his side.
So David only cut a portion of the cloth of Saul, and when Saul came out of the cave, David called out to speak with him. He addressed him with word like my lord, my king, and my father, asking him why he believed men saying he wanted to have him killed. He showed him that he could have done that as the Lord gave him the opportunity. At this Saul saw that he was wrong all the while about David. He admitted that David was a better man than him, saying if he a man found his enemy, would he let him go well away?. He even went ahead to declare that he definitely knew that David would be king and sought his favour in preserving his name and family.
When the way of a man pleases God, even his enemies will be at peace with him. Saul had no choice than to recognize that God was with David, and agree with what God had already declared – that David would be king and the kingdom would be established under him.
How are you responding and reacting to your “enemies”? Can you walk in the love of God towards them, and allow God to be the avenger? Others will see God in you when you walk in love and they will finally admit that you are blessed of the Lord.
Some verses to remember
vs 4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.
vs 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.