08 Nov Doug – 11/8/16
1 Samuel 24:6 (NLT)
He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.”
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
In the story of David and Saul that Pastor read to us Sunday, David is given opportunity to make all his trouble disappear, or so it would seem at the time. Saul, David’s king, has been hunting David down to kill him, so David finds himself hiding in a cave. But God delivers Saul right into David’s hands: Saul goes alone right into the very cave where David and his men are hiding, to use the bathroom. He’s alone, and he’s vulnerable. It’s David’s chance to end all his troubles, or so it would seem.
But as God’s word teaches us, taking matters into your own hands, however justified you may think you are, only makes messier the mess you’re already in. David sets the example for us, modeling what true submission to authority looks like. He leaves it all in God’s hands, staying submitted to Him, by staying submitted to Saul as his authority that’s been placed there by God.
We also get opportunities to make the right choice. And when we do, let us choose to submit to the Lord’s will, to His plan, to His sovereignty. His is good, and He is just, and we can trust Him.
Lord, thank You for giving me opportunities to practice these things, to put into practice the things I’ve learned from Your Word, to leave things in Your faithful hands, and to stay in line with Your will. Lord, I trust You in all things, so let me put that trust into action. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.