1 Samuel 24:10 “Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’”
I am not sure I could have done what David did. Saul was relentlessly pursuing David to kill him. If given the opportunity to kill David, Saul would have not blinked an eye. He saw David as a threat to his throne, so he wanted him dead and gone.
Now, here in this cave, with the support of his men, David has the chance to stop running and claim what God had already promised him – the throne of Israel. How tempting is that? Surely, the Lord had provided this opportunity. Right? Wrong!
Your children will be faced with many life and death choices. Now, I don’t mean that literally. But every choice they make in life is a matter of spiritual life and death, beginning with the choice to receive the Lord Jesus as Savior. Every other decision they make is built on that one. What will please the Master?
David had to make a quick decision. If he didn’t, one of his men would have probably slain Saul for David. But David, I’m sure, consulted the Lord in that cave and was reminded that only God establishes kings and kingdoms. God would place David on the throne when it was time. God wasn’t through preparing David for the throne.
Children want to make quick decisions. We need to slow them down sometimes and let those choices marinate for a while. We need to teach them to ask the Lord what will give Him honor and then do that, no matter how crazy it seems.
Are you seeking the Lord in your decisions daily? Are you asking Him to help you make not only the right choice, but also the godly choice. David could have killed Saul in that cave and no one would have objected (well maybe Saul, lol). Even Saul’s son, Jonathan would have approved. But David did the godly thing. He let God’s anointed leave unharmed.
Will you make the godly choice today? Will you do what God wants, even if others think you should make another choice? God will give you the peace in the midst of the decision making process to guide you.