Discerning the will of God for our lives is difficult because so often we think in terms of the weeks, months and years to come instead of the pressing moment. It is hard for me to discern what God wants me to do in 2011 when a) there is no guarantee for tomorrow and B) I am not concerned of what I can do for God right now. I am in 1-2 Samuel for my devotional studies and came across an interesting principle David enacted in leu of killing Saul. He had a couple of opportunities (even one where Saul was going to the bathroom) but David refused because he would not harm the anointed one. The second opportunity was at the Desert of Ziph in 1 Samuel 26. David secretly (really it was the Lord) went over to Saul while he was sleeping and Abishai had the opportunity to kill him but David spoke up:
But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless? As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.” (1 Sam. 26:9-11).
In other words, David said, “Let this matter be placed before the Lord who has Saul’s fate in his hand!” David was uncertain of Saul’s ending but what was certain to him was that he was not going to stand in God’s way and do His will for Him. What’s next in our lives? What are we going to do? Where are we going to end up? I am not sure if I can even explain this with the utmost clarity because plans change in a nanosecond. Even as I am typing this blog post, plans I have made perhaps have changed without my knowledge. That’s the beauty of it all though in that God is still under control.
Tomorrow will be incredibly different for me…my family…my ministry…get ready for some change.