In this chapter, things do not really go quite right for David. He is with Achish and they are about to go to battle with the Philistines. The question of David’s presence and even loyalty come into contention. Achish comes to bat for David. He makes it known that he had been with David for the past year, and had found no fault in him. Yet the Philistine commanders still would not have it. They wanted David and his men gone. This didn’t really sit well with David. He wanted to be part of the battle and assist.
There are times in our lives when the circumstances are not what we want. They may not be what we expected, but that does not mean we have done anything wrong. Imagine the mess it may have caused if David had gotten really angry and lashed out over the decision made. Instead we see him take a step back and submit to the authority over him at the time, even when it wasn’t necessarily what he wanted.
There was no evidence that it would be a bad reason for David and his men to fight. There may be no good reason from your view for whatever is happening in your life right now that you do not agree with. The easy thing is to lash out and kick up dust and cause problems. What if you chose not to do that? What if you chose to be humble and accept the circumstance and see where God is moving that you may have missed. What you don’t read in this chapter is what happened following David’s return to Ziklag. Some very important things follow as a result of his return. Those things may not have come to pass if it were not for his willingness to submit to something he didn’t quite understand or see a reason for.
We may not see God’s full plan, but that does not mean it isn’t there.
Will you trust that plan and look for how God is moving in your circumstance today?
By: Dakota Gragg