“God has surely handed your enemy over to you this time!” Abishai whispered to David. “Let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t need to strike twice!” “No!” David said. “Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one? – 1 Samuel 26:8-9
God presented David with a second opportunity to take the life of Saul to test him and see how’d he reacted. The Bible tells us that God put Saul and his men into a deep sleep. David and his men crept through the camp and took Saul’s spear and water jug. He could’ve pinned Saul to the ground with the spear and ended his life on the run. However, David remembered the previous lesson he’d passed and would not touch nor take the life of God’s anointed man. He feared God more than he did man.
When David cut off Saul’s robe, he did so out of anger and revenge. This action played on his conscience for some time and caused him to repent of doing so. The second time, though, God allowed David to enter Saul’s camp and retrievev objects just as a lesson to Saul and without violating David’s morals, character, or integrity. Twice he was afforded the opportunity to kill his king because he was chasing him like a dog in order to kill him. God will allow us to be tested, not tempted, too see if we truly are dedicated to him and his word. There have been times in all of our lives where we made the first mistake like David, but we have also had subsequent tests to determine if we are growing mature in Christ or just living according to our dictations. God loves us and wants us to grow more in spirit and be more like him daily. The problem lies within us, not him. When we make the right choice and do what is right, then God takes us to the next level and gives us even more responsibility. Are you willing to step up and do the right thing, even though the situation may offer you a different path? The choice is totally yours.
Father, thank you for putting tests before me to see whether or not I have learned anything from past mistakes as well as to determine if I’ve matured any spiritually. I can do nothing on my own except make the right or wrong choice. Life is nothing more than a long set of choices: to obey or not, to love or not, to live or die, to follow or lead, to trust or rebel, or any other number of things. Your Spirit is always there setting things up for me to go through to bring me closer to you. If I heed your word and make the right choice, then I move up in you. If I make the wrong choice, then I’ll most likely have to take one more trip around the same mountain. I want fewer mountains and more plateaues. In Jesus’ name, Amen.