1 Samuel 29:6-7 6 So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until now, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don’t approve of you. 7 Turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers.”
I have to admit, I was a bit nervous for David today. He was about to go into battle against his own people. He might have to kill one of his brothers or his friends. It was a sticky situation – a situation he ended up in due to the fact that the king of Israel was trying to kill him.
It’s happened to me before, well… sort of. It might have happened to you, too. It was that time when I showed up with my team to play baseball or soccer or something, I don’t remember what sport it was exactly. But the other team was short a player, so I ended up volunteering to play with them. My friends were now my foes and I wasn’t sure I liked it much. I wasn’t faced with killing anybody, but you get the point.
Favor. That’s what David carried around with him wherever he went. Here he was, living in enemy land about to fight alongside the bad guys, and God gave him favor with their king. The king had found no fault in him; he called David reliable. This is how I want to be known to the world. We all have leaders who aren’t fighting on God’s side, if you know what I mean. But we can still find favor with them. We can still be an example of God’s character. Who knows, you might even get the opportunity to introduce them to the God of Israel.