The Prize in Trusting and Honoring God
1 Samuel 24:19-20 (ESV)
“19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. 20 And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.”
The philosophy of this world is about power and influence. We are told to seize the moment for promotion when it is presented to us by all cost and by any means possible. It is a “dog-eat-dog world” as some have called it.
In today’s reading, we see David faced with an extremely rare opportunity to obtain power and influence. His companions believed that it was God’s will that Saul be handed over to David. All he needed to do was to strike Saul down swiftly with his sword. However, David relented and even repented before the Lord and Saul after he cut off the edge of the king’s robe. He was deeply convicted that it was not the right in the eyes of God to lay a hand on the king, the Lord’s anointed (at least in David’s eyes Saul was still the anointed king).
David recognized that such matter of life and death, and even power and influence were not his place to determine. Rather, God is to be his Vindicator and Savior (Psalms. 26; 43). Because he placed his life in God’s divine power, Saul could do nothing less but to exclaim that David “shall surely be king”. Wow! David’s “enemy” could do nothing but to promote him.
Let us consider three key thoughts in this devotion:
1. Not all “good” Opportunities are from God
Sometimes we are presented with rare opportunities to obtain positions of influence, but not without a compromise of our integrity. Surely, David was tempted and I am certain most of us will be too. Such moment does not always present itself to us.
However, we must never let down our guard. Not all opportunities are from God no matter how “pleasant” or “divine” it may seem. We must hold on to our integrity and the integrity of God’s word. We must not allow ourselves to fall into a compromising state, and end up losing our self-dignity and respect by it.
2. Trust in His Goodness and Perfect Time
We don’t necessarily understand the way God works and why He allows us to go through certain situations but, we can definitely rest assure that His plans for us are always good. For David, he could only put his trust in God.
We must never force ourselves into a role or position of influence through evil means. This simply does not reflect the love and wisdom of God. And it most certainly does not show faith in Him on our behalf. We ought to relent from such pursuit and let God, in His is goodness and perfect time, fulfill His promise for us.
3. Let God honor you
God always honors those who honors him, and despises those who despises him (1 Sam. 2:30). This is an everlasting decree by God. Remember, God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.
David was a man of humility who honored God when he choose not to harm “the Lord’s anointed”, Saul. As a result Saul proclaimed that David would be the next king of Israel. Thus, God honored David. This principle is true for us.
As a personal reflection:
We must never allow our testimony, as God’s anointed people, be tarnished by our desire for promotion, power and influence. We must learn to trust in His goodness and let God honor us as we keep our hope secure in Jesus Christ.
Today, consider how you can trust God for the promotion you are seeking for. Are you trusting and honoring Him?
Father, help me to trust in You and Your will. And keep me from the temptation to take matters into my own hands. I choose to honor You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.