This is a central point in this week’s Sunday Morning Bible Study where we find David putting his own ambitions and desires behind him and honoring the life of Saul who was trying to kill him (1 Samuel 24).
Have you ever had opportunity to just lay somebody out? I mean you could have decimated them verbally, dressed them down, and humiliated them. We all have and at times did just that… or perhaps we passed. Just as bad, we have been the recipient of someone else taking advantage of us and catching us off guard.
The Biblical view taught by Jesus and illustrated in this passage with David and Saul, is that as Believers, we are to refrain from taking advantage over people in their vulnerability. We can only do this when we see the greater good as David did in this passage.
I hope you will read this incredible drama of David choosing not to ambush Saul when everyone around him was telling him it was the right thing to do. Instead David listened to his heart and spared Saul’s life. This is one of the reasons that David was a “man after God’s own heart.” I am glad that God chooses not to crush us in our vulnerability but instead love and edify us giving to each a sense of dignity and worth.
Things to Ponder:
How does God’s presence help you when you feel most vulnerable?
What is your role in the bigger picture that God is painting in your life? In our church? In His Kingdom?
How can you avoid or resist taking advantage of people?
Whose authority do you need to respect?