I have forgotten where this story lies in the Old Testament, but I will always remember what it was about. It’s in the part of the bible where everyone was sinning so greatly and are becoming farther away from God, that people thought if they were to crawl to the lowest of basements, God will never see them or find them. How silly is it to think that God doesn’t understand us, or sees our feelings, or know what we’re thinking. How silly is it to forget that God sees our intention.
In the bible, when Saul was hunting to kill David, it came to me that God allowed these circumstances to happen because he knows of David’s intention, even before he did himself.
God gave Saul to David twice. David’s men even said to him, “now’s your opportunity! Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish'”. But David listened to his conscience (will talk about that later with 1 Tim 1:19), and he did not lean on his own understanding. After cutting Saul’s robe, David confesses, “The Lord knows I shouldn’t have done that to my lord the king. The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.”
God let Saul into that cave because God knew what’s in David’s heart. David followed his conscience, that tugging feeling you get when you’re about to do something you’re not meant to do, and he listened to what the Holy Spirit was trying to say to his heart; and as a result, he did not kill. Even David felt that guilt when he cuts Saul’s robe, and soon he realized that what he was doing was wrong.
When God doesn’t give us what we want, we sometimes fail to immediately realize that (and I do this all the time): God sees the bigger picture. He loves you so much that He has better plans for you, “plans for a hope and a future”, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you”, and there’s no asterisk saying “and he will do so through your plans.” God wants to keep you, and he has already seen your intention that if he gives you what you want, you might turn away from Him because you had something else in your own mind. In the time when David spares Saul’s life, he also did it with respect. David was humble. He did what was right, and he “conquered evil by doing good.” He didn’t suddenly get all proud and rose to be superior than King Saul, but he was humble and he pleased the Lord.
I pray that my intentions will change to ensure that it will please you. Like David, I pray that during circumstances you give us that requires two roads to take, I pray that you give me the strength and guidance to choose Your way and do what is right. Help us not to overcome by evil, but overcome evil by doing good.
In Jesus’ name,