1 Samuel 24
Most people are keenly aware of times when they believe their rights have been violated by someone else. Sometimes that violation is big; sometimes it’s relatively small. But in either case, there is something inside of us that cries out to get even. We know, though, that for the Christian, the proper response to others when they wrong us is not to seek revenge but to love and do good toward them. However, we can only be free to do so when we are confident in the character of God. David modeled this confidence and the actions that come along with it in the way he acted toward Saul in this passage.
Read 1 Samuel 24:1-7:
- Have you ever been in a situation like David was in when you could easily take revenge?
- What are some of the ways David could have justified killing Saul in the cave?
- Why do you think David felt bad for sneaking up on King Saul and removing a part of his robe?
Read 1 Samuel 24:8-15:
- When in conflict, are you as content as David seems to be to simply let God effect His will, His way, in His time? Or are you more likely to “help God out” in some way?
- Why is it difficult to be humble when you know you have been wronged by another?
- Apologies can be loaded with expectations. Why do you think those expectations can make it more difficult for us to say we’re sorry?
Read 1 Samuel 24:16-19:
- What did Saul affirm about David’s character and calling in this passage?
- Think about how David acted in the face of opposition. How does this compare with how Jesus behaved when He faced His accusers?
Taking it home:
- Is God calling you to do good to someone in authority in your life, even though it might be difficult?
- What specifically can you do on behalf of that person this week that would display your confidence in the good and righteous character of God?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Jeremiah 29:1-14 • Genesis 15:17-17:21 • Psalm 6 • Matthew 23 • Habakkuk 1:12-2:5 • Genesis 40.