Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, July 1, 2021


Text: “Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once… And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? – The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’s anointed.” -1 Samuel 26:8,9,11.

Comment: As soon as Saul knew that David had been anointed as his successor, he set his mind on killing him. (1 Samuel 18:8-9). And from that moment, David became a vagabond for no other reason than being divinely favoured by God. Saul left no stone unturned in his mad quest to kill David. But God made his bid a failure and even placed him at the mercy of David on two occasions. -1 Samuel 24: 4-11; 26:7-11.

That David chose not to seize the opportunity to kill his enemy, but, rather, left the matter in the hands of God, showed him to be a man of great understanding. He recognised that Saul was the “Lord’s anointed” and no one had the right, even if the king was misbehaving, to publicly castigate or remove him from the throne, let alone assassinate him. That was why David declared, “for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?”

The lesson here is that we must never insult the leadership in God’s Organisation but engage them in constructive dialogue, being guided by the will of God. If there are issues we are not clear about, we should follow the channels of discussing and sorting them out. If still not satisfied, we should leave the matter in the hands of God, Who is the best Judge. – Psalm 119:34, Matthew 18: 15-17; Romans 12:17-19; Philippians 3:15.