Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 12
Lately, Americans have been feeling it is up to us to serve justice on a platter to people that have wronged us. Trump and His infamous video showed blatant disrespect for women, many people feel they need to seek revenge on him.
It is true that an eye for an eye will make the world go blind, and it is also true that none of us are without sin.
Sometimes we get caught up in believing that our sin is not as bad as someone else, and that we are above others.
In 1 Samuel 26, We read of the story of how David spares Paul’s life.
David and Abishai go down to where Saul has set up camp and see him lying there. Abishai tells David here is his chance, his enemy is right in front them! Instead of attacking Saul, David replies:
But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? 10 As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.” – 1 Samuel 26:9-11
David realizes that it is not his place to seek justice or revenge on Saul. He understands that it is up to God to judge others and provide consequences for their actions. God is the judge and we are not. How quick we are to want others to pay for what they’ve done, and we neglect the fact that it is not our place to execute justice and punishment.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Luke 6:37-38
Furthermore, David realizes that even his enemy is anointed by God, so he is set aside for a specific purpose.
The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.” 1 Samuel 26:23-24
Not only is David faithful in trusting God to provide for him, but he is also faithful to trust that God will deal with those who have persecute him. We are rewarded for our faithfulness and righteousness.
When we treat those who have wronged us with love and mercy, the exact way God treats us, we are showered with blessings.
These blessings may not be visible at once, or show up in the way that expect, but no doubt that God sees you are faithful to allow Him to lead you and lead those who have wronged you. We trust that everyone will account for their actions and it is not our responsibility to retaliate or seek revenge.
This one is tough. It is tempting to want right a wrong done to us, but God calls us to remain faithful in Him and know that His ways are higher than our ways.
We are not to lay a hand on God’s anointed and to realize that as chosen children of God, each of us is responsible to live out the path that He has laid out for us to take.
The challenge is to think about those who have wronged you, think about those who you might consider your adversaries or your enemies. Pray for them. Begin to develop an understanding as God’s chosen people we are called higher and our faithfulness develops by letting God be God in our lives and the lives of others.