Monday, November 2, 2009

The Temptation Lying In The Cave

1 Samuel 24:1-22

The Story
David was living in a cave.

The LORD God had providentially brought king Saul into the same cave.

King Saul lay down and went to sleep.

David had the perfect opportunity to kill king Saul.

David's men even challenged him to take his sword and kill him (4, 10).

There was the temptation to get even and to protect his reputation.

David slipped over to where king Saul lay sleeping.

David had a knife in his hand.

He had the opportunity to end it all.

What to do?

They are times when opportunities come for us to get even with our enemies.

Like David, we are tempted to take revenge.

What to do?

Should we rather wait for God's timing?

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. — Romans 12:19 (New King James Version)

David was also tempted to take king Saul's life while in the cave.


  1. All throughout Scripture, when we humans try to accomplish God's plans our own way instead of trusting Him, bad things result: look at Abraham, when he took things into his own hands, sleeping with Hagar to bring about God's Promise of a son; Eve, trying to make eternal life happen by disobeying God's command, the children of Israel trying to create their own leader and promised land. It goes on and on. It's easy to criticize them, but when was the last time you and I disobeyed God's Word when we knew what the right thing was, but did not do it? All I can say, is I am grateful for His mercy and grace :)

  2. Thanks, Steve. You really speak from my heart, Brother.

  3. Thanks for being 1 of my top 10 EC droppers. :)