Nov 5 - Developing Your Heart for God, part 6
The Old Testament shows that David lived his life with a deep and sincere faithfulness to the Lord. I know I want to live the same way, but Greg’s “Developing Your Heart for God” series continues to show what a difficult road that can be at times. It takes great effort on our part to develop our hearts for God, but it is definitely worth it.
Continuing from last week’s sermon, we meet up with David at a point when he has lost everything and is on the run from Saul, living in a cave with a band of other societal rejects. Saul is traveling with his men to hunt down David in order to kill him. Saul stops in a cave to “relieve himself” and it happens to be the very cave David is hiding in.
Stepping away from the story for a minute, I need to say that as a mother/stepmother of five boys, I thought I knew everything there is to know about relieving oneself, but Sunday’s message was an eye-opening experience, thanks to Greg (and Zane). If you missed the message, check it out on Ustream. I know I won’t be able to recreate the experience here with the same McNichols flair. :)
Now back to the story…. When David’s men see Saul is distracted and unaware of their presence, they tell David, “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.’” (1 Samuel 24:4) But David knew that wasn’t the truth. Even though he could have easily killed Saul, left the cave, and returned to his land to be king, he knew that wasn’t what the Lord wanted for him. Despite his deep discouragement, David understood that God wouldn’t want him to take this shortcut to get back to the life he wanted for himself.
1 Samuel 24:6-7 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul.
David didn’t treat Saul based on Saul’s behavior; he treated him based on who the Lord wanted Saul to be. When we’re living in the “caves” of life it’s so easy to be tempted to take a shortcut. We hear voices telling us it’s ok to just “borrow” a few dollars when no one is looking, have another drink, just get divorced. But if we have spent our lives developing our hearts for God, we know that God doesn’t want that for us. Life brings us discouragement at times, but remember, the Lord works in caves too.