“Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now1 Samuel 26:8-9
thereforelet me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. (9) And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?”
By this point in David’s life
For a second time
With this in mind, surely, David could follow Abishai’s advice to kill his enemy and take his rightful place on the throne. Yet David, in submission to God and showing patience and faith in God’s timing, refuses Abishai’s counsel. God would remove Saul from office in His time and in His way. Pride and incomplete obedience brought about Saul’s fall and David is careful not to follow that path.
David trusted. David waited. And God one day accomplished all He promised.
We do not have anointed leaders today. Not in the church and certainly not in government. Yet we must carefully follow God’s lead as we interact with others and those in authority.
- We must ignore those that encourage the violent removal of authorities, or those that support them and oppose us. Whether that be the violence of words or deeds.
- We should maintain our integrity while we use the proper mechanisms at our disposal to bring about changes in our nations.
- We must patiently wait on the Lord when everything seems against us.
We live in tumultuous times, but history demonstrates God’s power to bring His people through worse times than those we now see.