In the grand scheme of things, it was a good day for team David. God had once again handed Saul over to David, but, David spared Saul. David knew it was not his job to take vengeance upon Saul–that was God’s job. So Saul and David had a very open and frank conversation in which Saul admitted his sin and promised to leave David in peace. The problem was David had heard it all before. So, as he returned Saul’s spear and chastised Saul’s men, David knew he had won another battle, but, the war was ongoing. For David, that prospect must have been maddening. Still, his faith in God and God’s plan carried him through another difficult day.
In our lives, sometimes it seems like God has solved the problem and as we move forward we can point to his amazing protection and provision. Still, the battle rages and we rise to face a new day and a new set of struggles. In the midst of the struggle, we have to cling to the little victories. when the enemy attacks or life throws the next curveball, those victories give us the hope to continue to move forward. It is acceptable to become discouraged when things seem hopeless and out of reach–but, if we will focus upon God and his leadership, rather than on the circumstance before us, the Lord will carry us through. David continued to move forward–so should we!
God Bless You
Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?”
David replied, “Yes it is, my lord the king.” 18 And he added, “Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of? 19 Now let my lord the king listen to his servant’s words. If the Lord has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering. If, however, people have done it, may they be cursed before the Lord! They have driven me today from my share in the Lord’s inheritance and have said, ‘Go, serve other gods.’ 20 Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea—as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”
21 Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.”
22 “Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it. 23 The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. 24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
25 Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.”
So David went on his way, and Saul returned home