When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, ‘David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.’ 2Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to look for David and his men in the direction of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. 3He came to the sheepfolds beside the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. 4The men of David said to him, ‘Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, “I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.” ’ Then David went and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s cloak. 5Afterwards David was stricken to the heart because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s cloak. 6He said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to raise my hand against him; for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 7So David scolded his men severely and did not permit them to attack Saul. Then Saul got up and left the cave, and went on his way. (1 Samuel 24:1-7, NRSV)
David had his chance to kill Saul. And if it would have been Saul in the innermost part of the cave that David came into, Saul would have killed him. But David didn’t. Why?
What would you have done here?
Would you have killed Saul? Would you get the retribution you wanted?
David knew that Saul would kill him if he had the chance, yet David, took a step back and only cut off a corner of Saul’s cloak to prove he was there, and could have done much worse, but didn’t because he was following God.
Do we follow God or our own selfish desires?
What would you have done?
What should we do?