Friday, June 17, 2011

radical trust

The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the LORD gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the LORD's anointed. Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the LORD, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.
1 Samuel 26:23-24

David had a trust in God that restructured how he approached his life. For the second time, he has had a chance to kill Saul unawares. And for a second time, David refuses to take the situation into his own hand. Instead, he uses the opportunity to literally awaken Saul to God's sovereign control over the events in his life.

He recognized that God had put him in his current situation. It was God's plan that he be the future king. It was God's plan that he learn the lessons he was learning as a fugitive. It was God's plan that Saul learn that his kingdom would not last. But David was content to let God tie all those loose threads together. David would not step in with personal vengeance.

That is radical trust. It waits so that God is clearly the receiver of all the glory. It is focused on God. It waits for God. It trusts in God at the rejection of all personal efforts.

- Prepare your minds for action.
1 Peter 1:13

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