21 April 2017
Reading: 1 Samuel 24; Psalms 57-58; 1 Chronicles 8; Matthew 8
4 David’s men whispered to him, “Can you believe it? This is the day God was talking about when he said, ‘I’ll put your enemy in your hands. You can do whatever you want with him.’ ” Quiet as a cat, David crept up and cut off a piece of Saul’s royal robe. 5 Immediately, he felt guilty. 6 He said to his men, “God forbid that I should have done this to my master, God’s anointed, that I should so much as raise a finger against him. He’s God’s anointed!” (1 Samuel 24:4-6 MSG)
Saul was trying to kill David. David was innocent of any sin against Saul. Saul entered the very cave where David and his men were hiding and was completely at David’s mercy. David’s men said, “This is the golden opportunity God has given you to fulfill the promise God has already made that you will be the next king of Israel. Let’s kill Saul! It’s God’s will!”
David had the opportunity to take matters into his own hands. Everyone with him thought it was the smart thing to do. Circumstantially, this looked like the will and provision of God.
David spared Saul because of a deep conviction that he should not harm someone God had set in authority and because he believed that God would fulfill his promise without David having to compromise his convictions.
It’s really important to have convictions about things. I’ve got to form my own convictions and hold them deeply, because there are times when: It would be so easy to take matters into my own hands; It seems like the opportunity is from God; everyone else thinks it’s OK; it makes perfect sense; I hear, “What are you waiting for?” If I don’t have hard-won and deeply-held convictions, I’m at the mercy of circumstance, temptation, the opinions of others, and my own emotions. God forbid!
Father, Please help me to diligently develop and deeply hold the convictions that will allow me to speak, act, and live with integrity. May your word inform my understanding of right and wrong, may your nature and character shape my values, and may your Spirit inspire, prompt, convict, and correct me. May I say with David, “God forbid that I should act contrary to the deeply-held convictions you have helped me form in my heart.” Amen.