Response to Injustice
Posted: Tuesday, May 19
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
Verse of the day:
And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil.” (1 Samuel 24:17 NLT)
Sometimes in life we get what we don’t deserve. In the story of King Saul and David they both received treatment that they had not earned or necessarily deserved. David had been a loyal servant to King Saul and served him faithfully for many years. As David began to grow into a man he also grew in favor with the people and began to be praised for his accomplishments. At times his accomplishments in battle were praised over the accomplishments of King Saul. This infuriated Saul and he wanted David killed. He looked for opportunities to have him killed and chased him into the wilderness.
David had every reason to be angry. He had been faithful to Saul and had often risked his life in battle for Saul’s conquests and what did he receive in return? A death sentence? A life on the run? While Saul was pursing David an opportunity presented itself that left Saul very vulnerable to be taken out by David. David could have pounced on the opportunity and would have been free from Saul’s oppression. His men encouraged him to kill Saul believing that God was the one who was presenting this once in a life time opportunity. David however chose to spare Saul’s life and to repay good for Saul’s evil.
In life there are going to be times that even when we have done everything right we will still be treated unfairly. The question is how will we respond in those times? Will we seek out opportunities for retribution? Or will we follow David’s example of showing mercy? 1 Peter 3:9 says “Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” Whatever injustice you are facing today seek God’s direction before taking matters into your own hands.