Saturday, April 23, 2011
But David thought to himself, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hands.” 1 Samuel 27:1
It appears to be frustrating times for David and it doesn’t seem like it will change anytime soon. Tired of fighting the system and running for his life, he does something unthinkable, he joins the enemy camp. He becomes part of the Philistines. This is an ultimate betrayal, to put it in modern day times, it is like when Johnny Damon became a Yankee after he won World Series with the Red Sox, or like how I saw Hulk Hogan become a tool in the WWE. This idea David had, was crazy. I am not so sure that David was convinced that this was a great idea. But it seams like he had no choice. He had to make a call to on a difficult decision, a decision he knew that being king of Israel would haunt him in the future. However, for the sake of preservation of his life, his army, and his future legacy he made a hard decision, trusting God will protect him along the way.
Life altering decision making is something not to be taken lightly. What I am learning from David is that the right decisions, sometimes won’t even seem, right. In fact it will be one that seems outrageous. David here was faced with a decision, but he knew God’s promise and trusted that God would see the promise fulfilled, regardless of what was going on. It’s amazing to see how David makes these decisions. He makes them to survive, but also he does it with confidence that God will see things through. So the lesson for me here is to make those tough decisions and trust God will complete His part of the plan. That’s some pretty awesome trust.
Lord help me make those tough decisions. Even if I don’t understand and don’t want to do them, help me make those decisions.