As King Saul hunted down David, he stopped for a break by a cave in which David and his men were hiding. While Saul relieved himself, David found Saul’s royal robe and cut a piece off the hem. Immediately, he felt guilty. Saul left the cave, and after giving it some thought, David yelled, “My master! My king!” Saul looked back. David fell to his knees and bowed in reverence (vs. 8). Saul realized David could have killed him, but chose not to seek well deserved retribution.
While serving as a campground host, I met a family who had a three-wheel bicycle for a special needs child. One morning it was missing, and Bill, the child’s dad, had a suspicion where it might have been taken. He thought about how to gracefully get the bike back, went to the office, and purchased a bundle of firewood. He went to the campsite of the young man he suspected had taken the bike and offered him the firewood in exchange for the bike. I’m assuming the kid was shocked that Bill was not angry, nor wanted him arrested. He returned the bike, and Bill said, “All is forgiven.”
We have opportunities in our lives to be like David and Bill. When we want to get even, it is better to find a way to show the love of God through our actions, and let God be the judge.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us the option to glorify you. Amen.