1 Samuel 19:18-24 18 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19 Word came to Saul: “David is in Naioth at Ramah”; 20 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came upon Saul’s men and they also prophesied. 21 Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. 22 Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Secu. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” “Over in Naioth at Ramah,” they said. 23 So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even upon him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. 24 He stripped off his robes and also prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay that way all that day and night. This is why people say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
This is funny. God seriously has a sense of humor. I read a story once about a man who was hired to kill a missionary pastor. So the man went to the church service to complete the job. The only problem was that the spirit of the Lord began moving on him and he couldn’t do it. So he went back to the next service and the same thing happened. Eventually he got saved and confessed the reason why he was there. The pastor remained safe and heaven gained a citizen! That’s just awesome.
Essentially, that’s what we see happening in 1 Samuel 19. Saul sent a bunch of hit men to kill David and instead they prophesied. That has got to be the weirdest defense I have ever heard of. Have you ever been praying for the Lord’s protection and His response is that your enemies will prophesy? Ya, it hasn’t happened to me either. But I applaud God for His creativity. Only He could come up with something like that. Who else would choose prophecy as a counter-terrorist defense strategy?
You see, God will find a way to protect you, one way or another. Your job is to make sure that you hang out in His presence. That’s what David did; he fled to the Lord’s presence. For in that presence is safety and security. In His presence there is assurance and peace. And in His presence you never know what He is going to do. He might protect you by wiping out your enemies, but He also might choose to save them.