Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Opportunity for Integrity

“However, because of the Lord, I will never lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed. Instead, take the spear and the water jug by his head, and let’s go.” (1 Samuel 26:11 CSB)

David had at least two opportunities to kill Saul and end the hostility. Saul relentlessly pursued David to kill him and keep him from becoming king. David and his men managed to stay ahead of Saul and his troops, but at least twice Saul was closer than he knew. In this second time, Abishai accompanied David into Saul’s camp when Saul and all his men were asleep. They apparently did not post sentries. They walked right through the camp right up to where Saul was sleeping. Abishai asked David to let him take Saul’s own spear and thrust it through Saul. David rejected that request, because he still considered Saul to be the Lord’s anointed. This was such an important concept to David that David felt it would be a sin against the Lord to lift his hand against Saul. So, he told Abishai to take Saul’s spear and water jug. The next morning, from a distance, David called to Saul, and the spear and water jug became evidence that when the opportunity was there, David chose integrity over vice.

The opportunity for sin is in no short supply. It abounds. The daily question we all face is: what will we do with that opportunity? Will we choose to walk the way of integrity? Or, will we give in and give up integrity for the sake of some supposed personal gain?

David’s example encourages us to choose integrity at every opportunity. That is the choice that God honors and which honors God.

Lord, Today in every decision or opportunity that comes, strengthen us to choose the way of integrity, simply because it matters. Amen.

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