God’s going to use you, even when you don’t want Him to.
God will use each and every one of us, even when we do not always what he asks us to. Peter failed Him several times and Saul/Paul persecuted His followers and held the coats of those who stoned Stephen. But look how God used them.
In Proverbs 3:6 we see the Lord’s promise that if we remember the Lord in everything we do, he will show us the right way. It won’t always be an immediate action though. David was forced to live as a fugitive for many years. Then temptation was put in his way, as seen in 1 Samuel 26:8. He had the chance to deal with the Old Testament Saul.
Saul was delivered up to David and he could have killed Saul whilst he was sleeping. But David knew that he could not do that. God had told him not to do that.
David was obedient, even when his friends were encouraging him to kill Saul. We need to be very careful that we are not lead down the wrong path by our friends and advisers. We need to follow God’s will. The end does not justify the means. Proverbs 3:5-6 say we also need to trust in the Lord with all our heart and never simply rely on what we know.
Saul took 3000 men to where David was. David could have killed him in the cave. Instead David cut the bottom of Saul’s robe. David and Saul end up reconciled. The reconcile again when they meet Abigail and Able.
The implication of David’s action might pass us by here. The hem of a garment can signify authority in Judaic society. The meaning here is that Saul cannot accept his authority being taken away.
Matty offered a scenario where a person in a church as part of an eldership group kept being the sole voice of dissent who never accepted God’s will in situations. Saul was like this, always trying to get his own way.
We need to be able to show humility and accept God’s will at times. It is difficult but we all need to do it.
Saul’s way was not the Lord’s way. Is our way the Lord’s way?
David definitely did not live in a right way but he was chosen by God. David repented but the Lord still had David spend 15 years as a fugitive. This was the time that the Lord spent preparing David to be a King. I bet David often did not see it that way. When we think God hasn’t heard our prayers, sometimes it is simply that He is preparing us for His plans. God will place you where he wants you to be.
Thank you for your time.