2 Samuel 1
Can you imagine how you would feel about someone who tried to kill you, even though you never provoked them? Someone who literally chased after you until you were hiding in caves, living among the enemies of your people, stole your wife and gave her to someone else, and all of this despite you demonstrating on multiple occasions that you were loyal to them?
If you learned they had died in battle, would you rejoice or mourn? I think I would feel at least a little relief, knowing they could no longer pursue me.
But David grieved. He set an example before his men which they followed, despite their own suffering because of Saul. Despite all the legitimate reasons David had to hold a grudge against Saul, he had forgiven him so completely that his only response to Saul’s death was mourning.
We have a hard time forgiving someone for cutting us off in traffic!
David’s grief reveals not only his forgiveness of Saul, but his awareness of God’s sovereignty. Though he knew God had anointed him to replace Saul, he took no opportunity to help God’s plan, instead waiting for God to accomplish His plan in His time. He not only wouldn’t lift a hand against Saul himself, he executed the man who thought he could profit by ending Saul’s life and bringing David the news.
Who has been Saul to you this past year? Has someone else’s anger and bitterness toward you sent you fleeing to a cave or left you feeling abandoned? Maybe someone in your office has been hurling spears at your career or the accolades you worked for were given to someone else.
God is still sovereign. His plan can’t be thwarted by kings or armies; it certainly can’t be ruined by office politics. Trust Him. Trust that His plans for you are for your good and that they will be accomplished. Instead of wishing evil on those who seem to stand against you, focus on the One who stands with you, the One who gave these instructions for dealing with the Sauls in your life: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:44-45