I’m not that stupid

I Samuel 26:21-221 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 erred greatly.”  22 “Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it. 23 The LORD rewards every man for his 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.” 

In today’s reading, we have yet another instance where David had the chance to kill King Saul but didn’t.  Last time, he cut off the hem of his robe while he sat on the throne… not the royal one, the porcelain one.  Today, we read that Saul was sleeping when David snuck into camp and took his spear and water jug.  He then travels a safe distance and calls out to Saul’s camp,  “Why are you trying to kill me?”  Again, Saul realizes his sinful ways and apologizes to David – again.  This time, however, Saul tells David to come back and refers to him as “son.”  He promises not to try to harm David again.

David’s response?  “I’m not that stupid.”  Good for David, you know.  It would be so easy to get caught up in the approval of the king or for restoration to take place.  But David was wise.  He tells Saul to send one of his young men to come get the stuff.  There is no way he is going to walk back into that camp with everyone awake.  I applaud this wisdom, this discernment.  We need this kind of wisdom in our lives, don’t we?  We need to know who to trust.  We need to know who is reliable.  This kind of wisdom, the kind David had, comes from God. 

Wisdom led David to honor the king and at the same time, not trust his motives.  Because even though God had promised David the throne, he did his part to stay alive while he was waiting.  He wasn’t recklessly counting on God to bail him out.  He exercised wisdom.  I pray that I have this kind of wisdom in my life.  I pray that it will guide my decisions, my actions, and my thoughts.  I pray that it will define my relationships and my leadership.  Lord, give me your wisdom today!

Behind every good man…

I Samuel 25:32-34 32 David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. 33 May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. 34 Otherwise, as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.” 

Okay, men – let’s be honest.  How many times has your wife bailed you out of something stupid that you said or did?  I can relate to this, for sure.  Abigail comes to meet David, who now wants to kill her husband, and says: “Sorry about my husband. He doesn’t know what he is talking about.”  It says here that she was a beautiful and intelligent woman.  David seemed to think so, anyways.   She calmed David down and calmed him down fast.  Her actions saved the lives of many in her family.

It’s nice to have someone clean up after you have done something boneheaded isn’t it?  Many of us have wives, husbands, or good friends who have bailed us out.  But we have someone else you know.  The Bible tells us that there is an accuser of the brethren who wants to pin us to the wall for every mistake we make.  But we have an advocate – his name is Jesus.  He took our judgement upon himself and stands on our behalf.  When judgement is about to come on us, He stands up for us.  He bails us out like Abigail bailed out Nabal.  He says, “don’t mind him, you know he is foolish.  But he’s MINE.”  Thank you Jesus, for being my advocate today!