Some moments are different than others.
Do you remember the day God became real to you? Some call it the day you were saved or converted to Christ. Many people share powerful stories of how God changed their lives.
False accusation stirs up our emotions. What do you do when falsely accused?
We read story after story of redemption, healing, and deliverance in the lives of God’s people. These stories are written for us to experience encouragement and instruction.
The scripture says they are written for our admonition.
Such is the occurrence with a small teenager name David. He is famous for killing a 9’9″ giant named Goliath. Let’s grab a little snapshot of this story.
The narrative began in David’s life when he was a teenage shepherd boy. In Israel, a shepherd boy was a normal part of life. Nothing exceptional here except the fact that God had put His hand on David’s life.
As David grew into a man. He becomes a warrior in Israel and not just a warrior, but a mighty warrior and a soldier in the Israeli army.
“When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’. Saul was furious; this refrain displeased him greatly. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands’, he thought, ‘but for me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?’ And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.” – 1 Samuel 18:6-9
David is serving the King of Israel. His name is Saul. David was a faithful soldier to Saul. But Saul becomes jealous of David’s success on the battlefield. David’s courage and his accomplishments on the battlefield are being lauded all over the nation of Israel. David is a loyal officer in the Israel army. David is an accomplished warrior and is skilled in field tactics.
And more than that, David is anointed by God.
David’s General and King is Saul. Through jealousy of David, Saul declares David an enemy of the throne.
David now becomes a fugitive of Israel. King Saul and his vast army now pursue David day and night.
The ultimate end is to see David dead.
But David keeps his heart pure for his King.
David also arose afterward, went out of the cave, and called out to Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth and bowed down. 9 And David said to Saul: “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed David seeks your harm’? 10 Look, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD’s anointed.’ 11 Moreover, my father, see! Yes, see the corner of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe, and did not kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my hand, and I have not sinned against you. Yet you hunt my life to take it. (I Samuel 24:8-11m NKJV)
David is in a desperate situation. Living in fields. Running from a King and his army. He has been falsely accused by the highest official in Israel. Through all this, He displays an amazing heart.
DAVID DOES NOT TAKE THE SITUATION IN HIS OWN HANDS.
How many times have we decided God was too slow and was taking too long?
Have you ever just set God aside and by your own actions did what you wanted? The truth is, I think many of us have fallen prey to this kind of wrong decision.
How many of us would have failed this test?
How easy was it to think that God placed Saul directly in front of David? David could have thought “God has delivered this enemy into my hands.”
BUT, DAVID CHOOSES THE BIGGER PICTURE AND NOT THE MOMENT.
David never allows the moment to define the choice. David knows not to touch to God’s anointed even though He could have. Some of us might allow the moment to determine the action we must take. David goes higher and determines that if he kills the King, He is removing from authority what God placed in authority.
David does not allow the actions of others to determine his choice.
David could have justified murdering King Saul. Saul falsely accused David and David knew he was innocent. It would have been easy for David to become like his enemy or to take a stand to defend himself.
But David knows his defender – the Lord.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2, NKJV)
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