1 Samuel 18-19; 1 Chronicles 3; Psalm 59; Acts 13
In 1 Sam 18-19, Saul was self absorbed. Focused solely on himself. Even Jonathan wasn’t immune to his father’s ways.
We saw in Friday’s reading how committed David was to whatever the task was that God gave him. He felt the same about his service to Saul. Knowing that Saul was not fond of him, he still served Saul with all he had. Even when Saul tried to kill him over and over. It will eventually end up being 14 times in all.
We have all experienced animosity in some form from someone who we trusted and respected. People in positions to make our lives miserable. What a great feeling knowing that our Heavenly Father always has our backs. That He laughs in the face of those who place stumbling blocks in our way. (Psalm 59)
Some days it would be easy to “put that person in their place.” To take matters into our own hands. It may make us feel better in the moment, but, does God get the glory? Can we really show them “what for” better than God?
When we take revenge on those who do evil to us, it can cause a boomerang effect. Tit for Tat, if you will. Nothing gets finished. In fact, we make things worse.
Lord, help me today, to remember to give my enemies to You. Thank you, that you are good and just. Thank You that Your justice comes from a place of love for those who love You, and You can deal the justice needed for those who choose to turn away from You better than I ever could.