Doing the right thing . . .
1 Samuel 24:1-8 NLT
After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats. At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave! “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the LORD is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the LORD’s anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul. After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way, David came out and shouted after him, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked around, David bowed low before him.
Reflection . . .
Some would think David a fool for not getting victory over Saul who had pursued him fiercely to take his life. When it came down to it, David was the better soldier and victor in more than the obvious way.
David was victorious in this story because he did what was right. Saul was the Lord’s anointed despite the fact that he was after David to kill him. David honoured the authority placed over him even though it could well have meant losing his very life for doing so.
We have a lot to learn from this story. Perhaps the most important thing is to honour the leaders placed in authority over us even though we may not like them, or be out to take away the things we treasure, even our very lives.
What does it mean for us to honour those in authority over us? Well, it doesn’t mean we have to be in complete agreement with them, but it does mean that we are to do the right thing in every situation. Doing the right thing always brings honour to God and others. It may mean we have some work to do in mending relationships; it may mean we should refrain from certain activity.
It always means showing compassion as God as He does and be satisfied in Him!