Drafted from 2012-02-06
3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
This is the first time David spares Saul. Saul went to a cave to relief himself, but David and his men were in the cave. David prevented the men as an opportunity to kill Saul. He cut a corner of Saul’s robe, but was conscience-strickened 心里自责. David called to Saul. Saul repied, “I know you will be made king, don’t kill my descendants, because I know I meant harm to you but you meant good to me, and I know this definitely is, in the terms of war, definite opportunity to kill me.” David waited for the timetable of God, even to the extent of leaving this opportunity given by God. He stood by the essence of the law, which is the source and root of all life: “The Lord forbids that I should do such a thing to my master, who is the Lord’s anointed 耶和华的受膏者”. Did David not know that the Holy Spirit has left Saul? He should have known, but anyone who is anointed a pastor or a leader, or anyone is made to be over you in authority like a manager in a company, is all of God’s doing. In fact, God wants to fulfill His promise through such a situation even more.
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
Another thing is, David took things one step at a time to test the perfect will of God. The smaller the steps, the better. A step at a time, faithful to each step, take each step as an opportunity, but never jump at each step, but according to the law of God and the laws in the country.
When you leave things like this to the Lord and be faithful like this, this is called being faithful because of God’s promise. We have to be clear of what is faithful. It is not (1) wanting to meet some conditions or earthly targets, (2) self to think culture, not God first master Lord culture, (3) conditions to struggle and overcome, (4) to be happy. And because it is of the promise, God will set us apart, confirm the promise into fixed perspective, and God will give evidences that will give fruits that is highest fastest in marathon (from understanding the only firmed-up坚定 direction, healing, be able to testify, grace added upon grace that conditions begin to change naturally.
When you believe like this, that the laws of God are the promise and not some requirements, you have obtained a righteousness that is apart from the law, which is grace. Who can accuse such a person? And if Christ finished the deal, how much more will He add grace? We will go on and discover the love of God, and find anointing as we offer our lives as living sacrifices.