Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:6 Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, “Who will go down with me into the camp to Saul?” Abishai said, “I will go down with you.” 7 So David and Abishai went to the army by night; there Saul lay sleeping within the encampment, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Abner and the army lay around him. 8 Abishai said to David, “God has given your enemy into your hand today; now therefore let me pin him to the ground with one stroke of the spear; I will not strike him twice.” 9 But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can raise his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” 10 David said, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him down; or his day will come to die; or he will go down into battle and perish. 11 The Lord forbid that I should raise my hand against the Lord’s anointed.
Observation: Saul was threatened by David and was actively looking for him. To kill him. Here David took two of his men to get Saul before Saul got David. However, at the moment of truth, David changed his mind. “The Lord forbid that I should raise my hand against the Lord’s anointed.” David decided to let God deal with Saul rather than doing it himself. David viewed Saul as God’s chosen – which he was. But David also had great confidence that he too was God’s chosen. And if the prophet Samuel was truthful in telling David he would become king, David could trust that.
Application: I marvel at David’s faith here. I would be sorely tempted to deal with the problem myself. Saul’s life was right there for the taking! But David placed his future, his very life, in God’s hands. Today I’m reflecting on obstacles I’m experiencing in life right now. Where am I trying to use my own strength to deal with things when it is the Lord who will take the lead – if I’ll only allow it? What about you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us grace to place our life into your hands. It’s seems like such a simple thing, but it’s hard to do. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.