S – scripture
But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord ’s anointed and be guiltless? So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the Lord had put them into a deep sleep. (1 Samuel 26:9, 12 NIV)
The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord ’s anointed. As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.” (1 Samuel 26:23, 24 NIV)
David showed more honor to the king, by not touching him. He chose to let The Lord deal with him and not take vengeance himself. He had every right to take out the king, The Lord had put him in a deep sleep, it was all set up for victory. But, honor is a greater value. Do you place requirements on honor..limitations on who to honor, or do you simply honor because of the position of leadership one holds. David chose honor!
A – application
Just because a leader in authority leads or acts in a way that mistreated you does not give us the right to take them out. The Lord values and rewards righteousness. It’s our words and deeds that are in check when we are mistreated. Will we choose to take the high road and honor or take the low and easy road and slaughter. The choice for righteous living is ours.
P – prayer
Lord, no matter what leaders do, what budgets they set, what protocol they lay out, I want to live a righteous life. Help me to make wise decisions and always take the high road in dealing with leaders in authority over me and around me.