1 Samuel 26:10 “As surely as the Lord lives, the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.”
Don’t we all at times have trouble holding situations in life loosely? Speaking as someone who has a track record of holding on too tight…take heart. I’m changing. And if I can move from self-reliance to God-reliance, so can you. It requires one unwavering conviction…
Knowing God knows.
David knew it. When King Saul relentlessly pursued him, he fled for his life. Fear and jealousy that David would usurp his throne drove Saul beyond reason. He had no justification for his actions. David’s loyalty to God’s anointed king stood unshakeable. Even when his life was at stake, David refused to undermine Saul and take the situation into his own hands.
Like the night he discovered Saul’s army camping in the wilderness. David and one of his men, Abishai, crept into the camp and found Saul and his bodyguards sound asleep. Abishai urged David to make the most of this fortunate moment. Let him kill Saul! But David responded, “Don’t destroy him… the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.”
David wasn’t naive. He knew Saul was treating him unjustly; he could have easily rationalized whatever means it took to grab control of the situation, but he refused to take the bait. His confidence did not rest on himself, but on knowing God knew his predicament. He placed his future completely in the hand of the God who knows.
What a profound revelation: God knows more than we do!
So if I’m forced to drastically alter my class schedule for the semester, I don’t have to stay stuck in the past, even if the change is inconvenient. Because the Sovereign God knows.
When I’m facing a deadline crunch and my neighbor tells me he might be bringing ten dozen ears of corn to freeze—the day before we’re leaving town—I don’t have to cling to my plan. Maybe God has a better one. Because the Sovereign God knows.
You might think knowing God knows promotes passivity. But letting go and entrusting to God requires a lot of work and, dare I say, practice.
But you can do it, friend.