1 Samuel 24:6 Respecting All Leaders

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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.” 1 Samuel 24:6 

Showing disrespect for someone else is a common sight to be seen or heard among most people. This will occur even more, when the person is not liked really well.

In the name of freedom of speech, people will say things that will disrespect a leader, regardless of who the leader is or what his position is. Although it happens in all areas of life, one of the more common areas that people show disrespect to is the government leaders. People are very quick to cut down and condemn a leader because of some stand he has. They will show no respect for the position.

David was being chased by King Saul, who had been anointed by God to be the leader of Israel. He was hated by Saul. At one point Saul was in a cave and David snuck in and cut a corner of his robe off. Immediately David felt remorse for what he had done. He realized that he had disrespected God’s anointed leader and was wrong.

Every leader on this earth is appointed by God. No one can become a leader without His hand in it. This includes those ‘bad’ leaders. Believers are to love every person just as God loves them. This also includes those ‘bad’ leaders. In showing love, they will not disrespect the person or his position.

A believer may not agree with the person, but still needs to love the person with God’s true love. God will not disrespect anyone, but shows a caring, loving heart towards all.

Talking bad about a person is showing disrespect, just as David cut off a portion of Saul’s robe showed disrespect.

Take a moment to think about how you treat others and those in leadership. What words are you speaking? Do those words build up or tear down a person? Are they condemning or building up?

Work to show God’s love to every person, regardless of their position or ideologies. You may not agree with a person, but you can still love and respect the person.

God put them in that position for a reason. Allow God to show His love and light into their lives, rather than just condemnation and disrespect.

I pray today that you will know God’s true love for all people; that God will show you where love is needed; that your love for God will strengthen you to not disrespect others; and that your love will be a witness of who God is. 

2 Samuel 1:12 Weeping For The Fallen

They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12

The Philistines and the Israelites had went to battle against each other. In the process of the battle Saul and his son Jonathan were killed. After the battle David received word that they had died. David and his men began to weep and mourn greatly for their death and the loss that the army and Israel had just gone through.

Most people, when they have an enemy, will rejoice when that enemy falls or is destroyed. They see it as a great victory regardless of who the enemy was. They do not look at who the person was or who that person could have been, the person is only seen as an enemy.

Saul was an enemy to David as he strove very hard to have David killed. Yet, David knew that Saul was God’s chosen king, even though God was in the process of removing him from being a king anymore. Despite how bad Saul was to David, he still cared about Saul.

You probably have someone in your life who is an enemy to you. They do not treat you correctly and are out to get you. The question now is how do you treat them? Do you treat them with love and compassion? Or with hatred and vengeance?

Jesus said that every believer is to love every person, even the enemies. God loved you while you still hated Him and as you put Jesus on the cross. It was your sins, along with everyone else’s sins, that put Him on the cross to die.

If God can love you during that time, can you not love your enemy?

When your enemy falls, you should not rejoice, but weep over the loss. That person is a lost child that God loves. He does not want any to perish, but to have everlasting life. When the enemy dies there is no more chance to know and serve Jesus, it is over.

When your enemy has fallen what do you do?

Do you rejoice?

Or do you weep the loss?

I pray today that you will love others as God has loved you; that you will see every person as a potential child of God; that you will see the loss in the death of any person; and that you will strive to tell everyone about Jesus.

1 Samuel 24:5-6 Striking Back

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.” 1 Samuel 24:5-6

King Saul was set out to kill David, even though he did not do anything wrong. David and his men had hid themselves deep in a cave. Saul had came into the cave not knowing that David was in there. His men wanted him to kill Saul immediately.  Instead of killing King Saul, David crept up and cut a piece of his robe off. After Saul left, David felt guilty and repented of what he had done, and rebuked his men for wanting to harm Saul.

It is very common that when a person is harmed, the person wants to harm the one who did the damage. In workplaces it can be seen time and again when a boss does harm to a person, that the person fights back with a vengeance. At times it becomes a physical fight, while other times it is talking bad about the boss and trying to harm him in other ways.

David had realized that even though Saul was trying to do him harm, he was God’s anointed person. He was put in position over David and David had to honor that.

There may be times in your life when a person who is over you does something wrong to you. The first reaction usually is to fight back in whatever method possible to cause damage to that person.

Every person who is in authority had been put there by God. That is regardless of who they are, where they are, and whether they serve God or not.

As a believer you must honor and love those in authority, regardless of how they treat you. Do not allow yourself to react like the world and strike back in vengeance. When you do that you will have a guilty conscience.

Have you been guilty of “cutting off someone’s ‘robe'”?

Seek to make it right and ask God to help you love and honor others, even your enemies. Do not become guilty of being like the world.

I pray today that God will show you how to love those against you; that you will always do the correct thing to others; and that you will allow God to take care of your enemies.

1 Samuel 11:13 Turning The Focus To God

But Saul said, “No one will be put to death today, for this day the LORD has rescued Israel.” 1 Samuel 11:13

When Saul was made king there were some men who despised him. They did not want him to be their king, but Saul kept quiet about it. Later the Ammonites started to attack the town of Jabesh Gilead. Saul takes his men to there and defeats the Ammonites. Once that happened there were some people who wanted to kill the men who did not want Saul to be king. Saul tells them not to kill anyone because God had just given them victory and rescued them.

There are many times when a person is moved up to a higher position of authority that there are others who do not want them to be in that position. Very often once the person gets in that position of authority, he chooses to remove those who did not want him there. During the time of King Saul, it was acceptable to kill anyone who opposed the king. Today killing is not acceptable, but removal is the way to do it.

The problem with removing the person is that usually it is done with a vengeance and out of anger against the person.

As a believer, you must not try to deal with the person out of vengeance or take the situation into your own hands. As King Saul told the people to look at what God had done for them, not having the people look to him or his own men, you also must point everyone, including yourself, to what God is doing in your life.

When you focus on others and what they have done, you will allow yourself to take things into your own hands and usually begin to do things God does not want you to do.

God sees what is happening in your life. He knows who is for you and who is against you. Allow Him to be the one to change a person or remove a person from your life. Turn your focus, and the focus of others back to God and what He has done and is doing.

I pray today that you will seek God for direction in your life; that you will not take vengeance against others who have done you wrong; that you will allow God to deal with enemies against you; and that you will turn your focus onto God in every situation in your life.