By Elizabeth Marks
Read 1 Samuel 26
Have you ever tried convincing someone your intentions were good? No matter what you tried, they never believed you. Twice David had the opportunity to slay Saul who chased him. Twice David spared Saul’s life. David would not retaliate, no matter how much Saul sought him. Surely, David must have thought “if only I could make him see I mean him no harm, maybe he would stop chasing me.”
But even after seeing David meant no harm, Saul would return to his “crazed” thinking and begin to pursue David once more. This tells me Saul’s behavior was not based on logic or rational thought. For if it was, Saul would see how ridiculous it was to hunt a righteous man.
Sin causes insanity. Sin prevents the sinner from thinking rationally. In fact, sin produces flawed thinking. One trapped in sin, sees the world, people and circumstances through the eyes of sin-stained lens. Sin filled person believes it is all about them. Everything is an offense to them.
Saul’s jealousy of David caused him to seek to destroy David. There was no reason to justify Saul’s assualt on David. David had done nothing to deserve it. Yet, persecution came.
David could not stop Saul from chasing him. David could not convince Saul of his own righteousness. David was not powerless, though. For David had God on his side. God was able to deliver David out of harms way. The more Saul pursued David, the more David sought the Lord. The Lord protected David.
And so it may be for us. The more good and upright we are, the more people around us may not like it and try to stop us from reaching all that God desires for us to do. We don’t have to waste precious energy convincing those against us that our intentions are honorable. We can rest knowing we are in God’s protective care. He will deliver us out of harms way.
Almighty God, our protector, our sustainer, our deliverer, thank you for your awesome care. Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.