Saul confessed, “I’ve sinned! Oh, come back, my dear son David! I won’t hurt you anymore. You’ve honored me this day, treating my life as most precious. And I’ve acted the fool—a moral dunce, a real clown.” 1 Samuel 26:21
How many times would Saul call David “my son” and yet try to kill him. David once again had a chance to get even with Saul by taking his life. Saul slept with his sword and water jug by his head. David had the opportunity to use it to finally rid himself of his enemy. Instead, he gave God the glory for anointing Saul the king. When Saul learned of the near hit, he said he’d been a fool—“a moral dunce, a real clown.”
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” (Randall Terry). David had been a fool to believe Saul had changed his heart and truly accepted him as a son. But like it says in Proverbs 17:7 “We don’t expect eloquence from fools, nor do we expect lies from our leaders.” David wanted to trust Saul, but Saul was an evil King.
I’ve done many foolish things in my life–far too many to mention—leaving me feeling like a “moral dunce, a real clown.” But the good news is that God loves the fool, dunce, and the clown. He gives us the opportunity to change our ways. However, we don’t want to shame ourselves by testing God’s grace.
Thank you, God, for loving us when we don’t deserve it. Amen.