Completing Our Assignments

Whitney Capps

Day: 26 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 26

1 Samuel 26:8 (NIV)Abishai said to David, ‘Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.’”

In Scripture David is often referred to as a type of Christ. A “type” is a prophetic symbol of something or someone that will be revealed fully in the future. As a shepherd and king, David is a type of savior for Israel that prefigures Christ. In 1 Samuel 26 we see David experiences a moment similar to what Jesus will face in Gethsemane.

As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and prepared for the cross, Judas, a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees come to arrest Him. Jesus’ loyal friend and disciple, Peter, jumped in to defend Jesus and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers. Jesus said, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11). Jesus would not let Peter’s loyalty lead Him outside the will of the Father. And Jesus’ assignment was the cross.

In 1 Samuel 26, we find David in his own Gethsemane moment. David and his men discover that Saul, who has been desperate to kill David, is vulnerable. David, or one of his men, could kill Saul, and end the threat on David’s life.

Abishai wrongly concludes that the Lord has led David to this moment to enact God’s judgment against Saul. Further, Abishai offers to be Saul’s executioner. Like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, David halts the plan to take violent action.

You see, Abishai either didn’t know or didn’t understand God’s command not to harm the Lord’s anointed. David says that he will trust the judgment of Saul to the living God, saying “the LORD himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish” (1 Samuel 26:10).

Both David and Jesus refused to do what their followers wanted to do in favor of what would accomplish God’s will. For David and Jesus, there was a potential solution that could have averted challenges in front of them – eliminating Saul and avoiding the cross. But David and Jesus didn’t expect God to ease their suffering or change their circumstances for their conveniences. No, they trusted Him to accomplish His will through them.

You and I will inevitably face our own Gethsemane moments in life. The question is will we choose what is best over what is easiest? The Old and New Testaments affirm that God’s purposes and God’s glory rarely come easily.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the consistent message of Scripture that challenges me to face the hard places, not look for an easy way out. Like David and Jesus, may Your will and glory be my heart’s greatest desire. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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