1 Samuel 26: Should you take matters into your own hands?
This story of Saul shows us the dangers of taking matters into our own hands instead of trusting God.
Having trusted God to take vengeance on Nabal, David for the second time shows his trust in the Lord regarding Saul. Saul again pursues David. David and his companion Abishag sneak into Saul’s camp at night and find Saul sound asleep and unguarded. Abishag wants to kill Saul, but David still will not strike God’s anointed, leaving Saul’s judgment to God. Instead he takes Saul’s spear and water jug.
The next morning David stands on a hill and calls to Abner, Saul’s commander. Showing the spear and water jug, he chides Abner for not protecting Saul. Saul himself hears the commotion, realizes what has happened, and confesses his sin at pursuing David. Saul admits he has acted like a fool.
There is much foreshadowing in this story. Saul is a fool like Nabal and so will meet Nabal’s fate. David says the Lord will strike Saul (as he did Nabal) or that Saul will go into battle and perish. As we will see, that is exactly what happens to Saul.
God of vengeance, may we trust you to bring justice and not take matters into our own hands.
DR. GARY HOLLOWAY
Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway.