And he said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.”
It can be a very dangerous thing to speak against the Lord’s anointed in mockery or dishonor, no matter how justified your anger might be.
In the passage here, Saul had begun to fall out of favour with God, and in his jealousy against David, he wanted to do all he could to kill him. However, in his search for David, he entered a cave to rest; and by so doing, David and his men had him in a vulnerable place.
While his men advised him to finish off Saul by taking advantage of this rare opportunity where they had him defenseless, David understood God’s proper order. He understood that no matter how angry God might be at His anointed one, it did not mean the order of things ceased to exist.
The proper order of things is that vengeance belonged to the Lord, and no matter how much David had been wronged, he could not take matters into his hands. The proper order of things is the fact that a child must honor his father, and the fact that Saul held that place in David’s life meant David had to honor Him no matter what.
It is sometimes easy to think that God excuses our behaviour because the other person deserves everything bad. But this is not how it works in the eyes of God. He still demands that we honour our parents (natural or spiritual) and whoever honour is due, no matter how much they wrong us. He still demands that we leave vengeance in His hands no matter how much we have been hurt or how powerful we are to ruin the other person. God will not overlook your wrong acts or decisions to take vengeance because you were more hurt. He will judge each person accordingly. This is why it is just best to leave all in God’s hands and let Him fight for you.
The commandments of God rarely ever change because of certain conditions, and as children of God, we must learn to adhere to God’s proper order.
1. Lord, I ask that you give me a heart that is like yours so that I see others as you see them.
2. Help me, Lord, never to avenge myself or speak ill of another.
3. Help me to remain humble and forgiving come what may, in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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