Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
God’s chosen servant
Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 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. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
1 Samuel 24:5-7
David was a man who loved the Lord and knew Him. He feared the Lord for merely cutting Saul’s robe, because Saul was anointed by God to be king and master. Though David’s fear of the Lord seems exaggerated, it is not the case when the Word of God is studied closely.
The Word gives us revelation, as well as teachings from other people’s experiences. In the story of Moses, Aaron and Miriam talk against his Cushite wife, and the anger of the Lord burned against them.
When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.
The story of David shows that we need to trust that God has appointed people into positions for a reason, whether it is in our work or our church lives. Sometimes, we may be quick to condemn God’s servants, but we need to learn from David. Though Saul wanted to kill him, David did not lay a hand on him when given the opportunity to do so. Because Saul was appointed by God, David’s respect for him outweighed his desire to preserve his own life.
It can be difficult to submit to those who we feel are not worthy of the title or position. In those situations, we need to pray for a change in our hearts. We also need to pray for our leaders, that they will be led by God in their decisions. By submitting and praying in these situations, we can grow in our walks with God.
We thank You for this day. Please forgive me for having spoken against Your anointed servants. Help me to be like David so that I can have Your favour. Amen.
God bless you
Theo and Manju