King Saul and 3,000 of his men pursued David, the anointed son of Jesse. But, instead of David becoming Saul’s victim, it was the young man of Judah with Saul’s life in his hands.
David had two chances to kill Saul (1 Samuel 24 and 26), but didn’t. What can be learned from David’s actions?
1. Don’t listen to men. Listen to God (1 Samuel 24:1, 6; 26:1, 9). In both instances, Saul was stirred to pursue David and try to kill him by the voices of his men. David, on the contrary, would not listen to those who advised him to kill the king. Why do people listen to the voices of men instead of listening to God in the Bible? David realized Saul’s life belonged to God. He decided to let God deal with Saul in His way. Oh, how different our lives would be if we listened to God in His word!
2. Let God decide the important matters in your life. Saul took matters into his own hands, but David let God reign (1 Sam 24:11-12; 26:10-11). Children of God should realize God knows best and He should be trusted.
3. David’s actions drew blessings even from Saul who was trying to kill him (1 Samuel 24:16-17; 26:21, 25). David was, indeed, a man after God’s own heart. Shouldn’t our example be the same?
4. David did not want to bear the guilt for killing Saul. Are we bearing the heavy guilt for the sins we’ve committed? Jesus has the only solution — obedience to the gospel and a faithful life (Acts 22:16).