David’s reputation grew as a great warrior. Defeating Goliath was pivotal in his rise to power. He becomes best friends with Saul’s son, Jonathan and eventually marries Saul’s daughter, Michal.
He didn’t set his sights on the throne and fight for it. He did not become impatient and yearn for it. He took it day by day. Following the path set for him slowly and obediently.
People started to like him, admire him and trust in his capacity. He became a leader that Saul could rely on. David slowly and guided by God’s perfect path inched his way towards the throne.
David saw it but so did Saul. Saul’s fear of David grew, and the king became more and more intimidated by his presence. The loving relationship turned inside out. This beautiful person that once relieved him of torment now became the source of it.
David is forced to flee.
Going from one place to another, running and avoiding death at every turn, David finds himself being hunted by King Saul.
In an incredible turn of events, Saul enters the caves where David and his men were hiding. David had his chance. He could kill Saul and his problems would be over. The people respected him as a leader and warrior. He was married to Saul’s daughter. And Saul’s first-born son, Jonathan, was his best friend. There was nothing to lose.
Instead of taking Saul’s head, David creeps up in darkness and cuts off the corner of Saul’s robe.
What was going through David’s head? Why not take the opportunity?
God’s path in our lives is a gift. A gift revealed to us as we become closer and more familiar with Him. David’s choice of mercy showed the intimate relationship he had with God. Putting God before revenge, satisfaction and desire is what we are called to do. Our flesh is weak, and we are easily persuaded to go the wrong way. We have to constantly remind ourselves that His purpose come before our desires.