Smile at Your Enemies

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1Samuel 25-26; Luke 12:32-59


8 Abishai said to David, “God has handed your enemy over to you today! Let me pin him to the ground with my spear. One stroke is all I need! I won’t need a second.”

9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t kill him! No one can lift a hand against the Lord’s anointed and go unpunished. 10 As surely as the Lord lives,” David continued, “it will be the Lord who will strike him down, or his day will come and he will die, or he’ll fall in battle and be destroyed. 11 The Lord forbid that I lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed! But go ahead and take the spear by Saul’s head and the water jug and let’s go!” 12 So David took the spear and the water jug that were by Saul’s head, and he and Abishai left. No one saw them, no one knew they were there, and no one woke up. All of them remained asleep because a deep sleep from the Lord had come over them.

13 David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of a hill with considerable distance between them. 14 Then David shouted to the army and to Abner, Ner’s son, “Abner! Aren’t you going to answer me?”

“Who are you to shout to the king?” Abner asked.

15 David answered Abner, “You are a man, aren’t you? And you have no equal in Israel, right? Then why haven’t you kept watch over your master the king? One of the soldiers came to kill your master the king. 16 What you’ve done is terrible! As surely as the Lord lives, all of you are dead men because you didn’t keep close watch over your master, the Lord’s anointed. Have a look around! Where are the king’s spear and the water jug that were by his head?” (1 Samuel 26:8-16, Common English Bible).

“Smile at your enemies, it will drive them crazy.”

“Smile at your enemies, it confuses them.”

“Smile, it irritates those who wish to destroy you.”

“Smile, your enemies will hate it.”

“Smile at your enemies, you reveal what kind of God our God is?”

I could go on but that seems like a really good place to stop. I feel certain, however, Saul wasn’t thinking about what kind of God David’s God was, when standing in his camp wondering what just happened.

David has the opportunity to completely destroy the man who was trying to destroy him. Make no mistake. Saul wanted David dead. Saul was so jealous of David for the way the people loved and respected David. David was not just a hero, he was their hero. Saul was, well, Saul was a pretender. The man who was afraid to become king continues to show the fear deep in his heart and the fear he had that one day David would supplant him as King of Israel.

As we know, because we have the benefit of the whole story, David did eventually become king, but not while Saul was alive.

Can you imagine when Saul woke up, realizing his spear and water bottle were gone? And then, David admits he is the thief but Saul really doesn’t seem too upset about it. Perhaps he realized that, for the second time, David could have killed him and didn’t. Or, perhaps he was putting on a good show, trying to convince David to come within arm’s reach so the tables could be reversed. Of that, we will ever know this side of eternity.

What we do know is, David was smiling at his enemy (so to speak) and it was driving Saul crazy!

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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