After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2 So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
There will always be someone in our lives to tell us that opportunity itself is equal to God’s favor, his leading or his blessing. David’s enemy was right before him and in a defenseless position. In one motion David could take the life of his enemy, end his own odyssey and claim what was promised to him, by God no less. Opportunity will come along and reveal what really matters, our character. David has not been given an opportunity to seize his blessing, he has been given an opportunity to reveal his godly character. David, must know the difference or be destined to repeat the sins of the fathers (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this passage in your daily life?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
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