|Tuesday: 1 Samuel 26-27
Take some time to read today’s chapters, we’ve got two to cover.
Click here to start at chapter 26 and here for chapter 27
The one thing that sticks out to me more than anything else is found in these verses:
2 So Saul went down to the Desert of Ziph, with his three thousand select Israelite troops, to search there for David. 3 Saul made his camp beside the road on the hill of Hakilah facing Jeshimon, but David stayed in the wilderness. When he saw that Saul had followed him there, 4 he sent out scouts and learned that Saul had definitely arrived.
5 Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.
6 David then asked Ahimelek the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, “Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?”
“I’ll go with you,” said Abishai.
7 So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.
8 Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.”
9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?10 As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”
12 So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.
So Saul is after David, trying to find him. David evades Saul and we join a scene where Saul and his men are sleeping and David goes with Abishai into the camp.
This passage for me underlines the character change that we see in David. David and Abishai get into the camp and stand over the sleeping body of King Saul. Abishai has a plan:
“Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.”
But David decides against such violence: “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?
The same David who a chapter before was intent on wiping out Nabal is now the one who is dissuading Abishai from such behaviour. The angry response we heard about yesterday to someone rejecting him seems to be replaced by a wise response today to Saul pursuing him. What a difference a chapter makes!
You see when God speaks into our situations, when God ministers through someone, He has the ability to not just change one situation or one outcome, but our whole outlook. David doesn’t turn to violence today.
Abigail clearly had a good godly impact on David, as we read yesterday and as we’ve seen his character change today. Maybe you’ll also notice from chapter 27:3 that she became David’s wife.
Question to consider:
Where does God want to grow and change your character to become more like Him?
How can those areas become the normal rather than the occasional?