1 Samuel 26:17-25 – Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?” David replied, “Yes it is, my lord the king.” 18 And he added, “Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of? 19 Now let my lord the king listen to his servant’s words. If the Lord has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering. If, however, people have done it, may they be cursed before the Lord! They have driven me today from my share in theLord’s inheritance and have said, ‘Go, serve other gods.’ 20 Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea—as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.” 21 Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.” 22 “Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it. 23 The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.” 25 Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.
And just like that…he was gone. Something has happened to set Saul off again, and so once again, he sets out to seek and destroy David. David has to be asking himself, “I thought we had all of this settled. I thought this problem was behind me. How many times do I have to go through this? What do I do now?” There are problems you can deal with by just walking away. But often, when trouble comes back around, running away is not the answer. You have to steel up your nerve, and boldly face the problem and do the best you can. But what does “doing the best you can” involve?
We absolutely must continue to do what is right, regardless of the wrongs being inflicted on us.
As David and Abishai slip into the enemy camp, once again there is Saul is helpless as a sleeping baby, on the ground before David. Abishai whispers, “God has given you a second chance to settle this score once and for all. If you don’t want to do it, let me. I won’t need but one shot and my spear will take care of the Saul problem.” Don’t you imagine that it had to be tempting? David showed mercy to Saul once, and that didn’t seem to work. Maybe there really is no other way to get rid of this problem except to kill King Saul. But David resists that temptation. We must do what is pleasing to God and not what is pleasing to ourselves. I KNOW I am not alone when I say that there are SO MANY times I just want to put people in their place. I want to tell them all about themselves but all that does is deflect from what is really going on inside of me.
Do we trust God enough to handle our issues with others?
You measure your trust in God not by what you say, but in what you do. You read His Word, the Bible, and see if you are doing what He commands you to do. You can talk all day about trusting God, but if you do not obey Him, you do not trust Him. Don’t run ahead of God’s timing.
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To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from
Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
When we experience God’s grace, we are willing to pass it on to others. Forgiveness breaks cycles of retaliation and leads to reconciliation. Forgiveness also frees us from the heavy load of bitterness.