Ziklag: Escape to the Enemy | 1 Samuel 27:12 | Devotional
1 Samuel 27:12 Achish trusted David and said to himself, "He has become so odious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant forever."
Yeah, yeah, I know; you don’t care what other people think. If they don’t like it, they can lump it (I am not sure what that means but I have heard it all my life). You are your own person. You’ll do what you want to do. when and how you want to do it. If people don’t like it, they can take a long walk on a short plank (I do understand that one).
Let’s think about that attitude. Certainly, if we tried to please everyone we would end up doing nothing…or everything. At the same time there are some things we could do or say that is so “un-Christian” that people conclude, “My, I can’t imagine Jesus approving or appreciating that!” That’s what happened to David.
David, worn out from 8 ½ years of running from Saul, decided the best thing he could do to keep Saul from killing him was to move into the Philistine territory. An Israelite moving into enemy territory was unthinkable. That’s why Achish, one of the five Philistine kings, concluded that David had “become…odious to his people.”
So here’s the deal. We must please God rather than people. And in striving to do that, are you doing anything that would make a watching world question your commitment to God? If people are questioning your commitment, there is a strong possibility that God is as well.
Lord, examine our hearts and our actions, and let us see them for what they really are. May we let our light shine in such a way that people will see our good works and give praise to you, the eternal God. In Jesus name. Amen.