1 Samuel 24:2 (NKJV) Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats.
David and his men went to a rugged place to hide. Saul went looking for David with an army that greatly outnumbered David’s, but David made up for this imbalance by using the terrain to his advantage. If you continue to read the rest of Frist Samuel chapter 24, you will see that God delivered Saul into David’s hand. And you will see what David did. Now Saul needed to go to the restroom, of course there are none in the mountainous wilderness where mountain goats live. So, Saul went into a cave, and while he was in the cave, David quietly cut off the lower part of Saul’s garment, for David and his men were hiding in the deeper part of the cave. Afterwards, David regretted doing this, because he felt that Saul would be embarrassed by it. His men would think, how could Saul be so careless. And Saul’s men would laugh at the hole in his garment. Because the hole could have been on Saul’s behind. And so, Saul would be the object of ridicule. That is why David regretted doing it. David respected the office of king, even if the king wanted to unjustly kill him. In addition, David did not feel that it is right to go against the Lord’s anointed. That is why although David is being hunted down by Saul, David refuses to lay a hand on him. Instead, David is going to let God deal with Saul. My friends, if we would let God handle our enemies, things would be a whole lot better. God can do a much better job then we could. Romans 12:19 (NKJV) say, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” When we take matters into our own hands, then we are not walking by faith. Because we are not trusting God. When we do this, we are saying to God, “I want things to be done my way, and I can’t trust You to do it my way. So, I will do it myself.” Things will work out just fine, if we simply let God handle our enemies. This is why David did not let his men harm Saul. David respected the office of king. Personally, I think many of us believers ought to feel the same way about respecting the office of the Presidency. Now, by sparing Saul’s life, David demonstrated that he was not seeking to kill him. And David made this very clear to Saul. Saul cried because David spared his life. At this time Saul realized that David is truly God’s anointed, and he will be king one day. After Saul had said these things to David, Saul and his men returned to Israel. But David and his men went farther into the wilderness to hide, because David knew that Saul would come after him again. Why did David feel this way? It is my opinion, that it was because Saul was actually demon-possessed. We are told that an evil spirit had come upon Saul, (see 1 Samuel 18:10-12 and 1 Samuel 19:9-10). God may have allowed this to happen, in order to discipline Saul. But as we see, Saul’s pride moved him farther away from God. My friends, we are not to make that same mistake. We need to let God’s discipline bring us closer to Him.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.