So, life is hard for David. He knows God has called him to be king over Israel, but he finds himself constantly on the run from the homicidal maniac King Saul. The Bible reveals that not once, but twice, David is presented with an easy opportunity to kill Saul. The second time, David and his cousin Abishai are standing over Saul in the middle of the night as he sleeps in the camp of his army. Abishai sees this as David’s chance to say goodbye to all his problems, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won’t strike him twice” (1 Samuel 26:8). But, David adamantly refuses, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” (v. 9). There’s a special character quality we need to see here. David, a man after God’s heart, refuses to take “shortcuts” to achieve God’s promises and goals for his life. Through the Holy Spirit in our lives, we must discern between legitimate opportunities to be seized and shortcuts to resist. The enemy of our soul is a mastermind at tempting us to take the short, easy path. “If you don’t have money…just steal some. Are you lonely…just sleep with someone. Is studying hard…just cheat. Are you depressed…just reach for the bottle or drugs.” Even Jesus was tempted to take a shortcut. In the wilderness, Satan tempted Him to enjoy the kingdom “right now.” Forget the hard path of obedience and the cross; enjoy the power of ruling and reigning without pain. Jesus rejected all shortcuts. He chose God’s kingdom God’s way. David also refused shortcuts. He knew that in God’s time he would ascend to the throne…without having to kill Saul to make it happen. What is the “shortcut” you are tempted to take? Choose the path of patience and perseverance, knowing that our God is faithful! Let Him fulfill your longings and desires. Walk the path of Jesus; experience the victory of Jesus!
Pastor Mark Boucher