August 3, 2015

1 Samuel 24_12

1 Samuel 24:1-22.

I would venture to say that all of us have been wronged at one time or another. Moreover, most of us have had opportunity to strike back and return the harm done to us on the perpetrator. However, as God’s people we are not to return evil for evil. Instead we are called to do the unthinkable in light of worldly standards and love, help and pray for those who cause us harm.

It sounds impossible, and it is for us fleshly creatures, but not for God. Philippians 4:13 reminds us “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” The things that seem out of reach for us and so overwhelming are only possible through God.

In the story of Saul and David we see this being played out. David had been terrorized by Saul. Saul seeing the proverbial handwriting on the wall chose a course of action of earthly revenge and retribution. In other words he did as the world dictates. In stark juxtaposition David does the impossible for a human being but the ever possible as one led by God and shows mercy to his enemy.

Prayer: Father, help us to follow you in all things. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours, Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.

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