In our reading today (1 Sam. 26:1-25), we find David in a position he has been in before, he has an opportunity to take out Saul before Saul can kill him. Rusty Hills, the author of Five Minutes with God, notes here that the phrase "the Lord" occurs 15 times throughout this chapter. Every action and thought of David ran through the filter of "what would the Lord want me to do?"
In the heat of the moment, we do not always remember to stop and ask the question "what would the Lord want me to do?" Instead of asking the question we might lean on our own understanding and trust that we have all the answers to our own problems. For some of us it would have been very tempting to listen to our friend Abishai and strike down our enemy Saul. Instead of listening to his friend Abishai, however, David listened to his friend the Lord. He believed that Saul was still God's anointed and knew that God would bring justice for Saul's actions. What an incredible display of trust and confidence in the Lord!
What makes it difficult for you to completely trust God?
David's relationship with the Lord is not a relationship that developed by accident, but through many prayers and faith-filled experiences. Prayer is an easy answer to the question, "how can I cultivate a better relationship with God?", but I want to take this action a step further today.
Write out the phrase "What does the Lord want me to do?" somewhere you will see it. Set it as an alarm on your phone, write it on your bathroom mirror, write in on a piece of paper and stick it on your dash...put this phrase somewhere you'll see it so that you can be reminded daily to both ask God for wisdom in a given situation and use the wisdom wherever you may find yourself.
Though difficult at times, the story of David's ascension to the throne has a happy ending ultimately because of his relationship with the Lord. Develop your relationship with God and see what He does in your life.
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