This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you [Saul] into my [David] hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, I will not lay my hands on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed. – 1 Sam 24:10
Here we have Saul tracking David to kill him. Saul goes into the cave but David, even though he had opportunity, does not kill him. David would have been fully justified, after years of being chased, to kill Saul. Yet, David honors God above his own feelings, above his own desires to feel safe. He spares Saul, not because of Saul, but because of the Lord, he honors God.
In my life, do I honor God this way, with this same self-sacrifice. Do I put God first, even above my own safety and security; above the safety of my family. This is where God belongs, above all things in my life. Jesus says, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” (Luk 14:26)
My life in Christ can no longer be about me, but it has to be about God’s will in my life. David spares Saul because he is the anointed king of Israel. This means that Saul is God’s chosen, so David honors that. In my life this means that I have to consider God in all of the choices that I make. I have to ask the question, “Does this honor God or myself?” If it does not honor God, then I can have no part in it. I have to put it to death.
The vengeance I really want to take, the job that gives me tons more money, the house I always wanted; all things that I cannot put before God. The games I don’t want my kids to miss for sports or the dance recitals, do they honor God when I don’t worship with His people. We must make a choice each day, who is it I am going to serve?
God has got to come first, as we see with David, when we honor God first, He takes care of His people. He does not lead us into destruction, but to salvation. Although we may have to go into danger, He will not forget His promises to us, He will never leave us. So, today we must decide, is it going to be a day full of me or a day to serve the Lord? “As for me and my house, we are going to serve the Lord!” (Josh 24:15)