A Golden Opportunity

Krista Williams

Day: 24 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 24

1 Samuel 24:6 (NIV) “He said to his men, ‘The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD's anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.’”

In 1 Samuel 24, David is given a golden opportunity to put an end to all of Saul’s murderous pursuits. Saul unknowingly goes into a cave where David and his men are hiding. David’s men saw it as a prime opportunity to kill Saul and gain permanent victory.

David could have gotten caught up in the exhilaration of the moment. He could have chosen to listen to the counsel of others in the darkness of that cave and take advantage of what appeared to be a God-given opportunity to be done with Saul. If David had capitalized on the situation and killed Saul, it could have relieved years of suffering and stress for David. But David didn’t. Instead of killing Saul, David secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Immediately after just cutting Saul’s robe, David’s tender heart was stirred, and his conscience was convicted. David met that conviction with change. He humbly and courageously turned to his men and said:

“The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD (1 Samuel 24:6).

David was a humble, godly man who exercised integrity and demonstrated respect for God’s anointed by his attitude, actions and words. Then he wisely took it a step further and taught his men to do the same. (1 Samuel 24:7)

David trusted and respected God more than he desired revenge. He understood it was God’s job to take care of Saul, not his. (1 Samuel 24:12, 15)

Just because opportunities to defeat an enemy come our way, that doesn’t mean we should take them. Instead of seizing an opportunity that seems like the perfect solution to our troubling problems or desperate situations, let’s do the right thing. Let’s practice godly restraint and seek the Lord. (Proverbs 16:32) Let’s trust God to protect, deliver and provide for us in His time and His way.

Today, like David, let’s make Holy Spirit-guided choices instead of flesh-relieving choices.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the example of David preserved in Your Word. Thank You for his powerful model of faith, trust, humility and godly restraint. Show me how and when and where to extend Your kindness. Keep me from taking any part in evil. Fill my heart and mind with forgiveness and love for others — even those who hurt me. May my words and my actions bring glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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