SACRED SIX: RESPECT MESSAGE
1 Samuel 24:4-7 Then the men of David said to him, “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, “Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you.” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”
This story of the pursuit of Saul to hunt down and kill David has always intrigued me and taught me about the restraint and respect I should show another person…even when they rise up against me. Now I was raised up with all boys and so I found myself literally fighting to protect my stuff-J So my human nature is to rise up and fervently defend my stand against someone that seemingly is “out to get me, my family or our stuff”! But I must weigh the consequences of such action. What is the God’s word and Holy Spirit telling me to do? What example am I setting for others who are watching me? Is my rising up against others feeding my own desires and really, what good purpose is served?
In the verses following verse 7, we find that by example, David showed his servants a better way. The story goes on to tell us that David arose, went out of the cave and called out to Saul addressing him as “My lord the king” and even bowed down before him in honor. You see while David did not agree with Saul’s actions, he still honored him because he was still in the office of “the King of Israel”. David also had a very compelling conversation with Saul in verses 9-22 showing Saul that there was indeed a better way to settle differences than kill each other.
In the same way we are to honor and pray for others in authority, even when we do not agree with their actions and decisions. If they are in the place of authority, then we need to honor them that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-3) We may not be in a physical battle with them, but what about the battle of our words against them and withholding our prayers for them? There is a better way.
Heavenly Father, please help us today to give honor where honor is due. Help us to lead by example as David did and show respect for those who are in authority…even when we disagree with their actions. Let us pray for all in authority so that they will seek Your face and release Your hand to heal their hearts and our land. In Your name. Amen.
Prayers & Blessings,
Carol Harrison, CNA
Spirituality Pillar-Operations Director
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