Aug 27, 2018
It seems like every time David turned around, he was confronted with the temptation to take Saul’s life. For whatever reason, the unlikely, yet very tempting opportunity to rid himself of this thorn in his flesh kept presenting itself. This time, as recorded in 1 Samuel 26:13-25, it had been as Saul and his troops slept in their camp. David and Abishai had snuck into their midst, and had stood over Saul as he slept. Abishai had seen it as a God-ordained opportunity to kill Saul, even offering to do the dirty deed himself. But, as before, David refused to lift his land against the Lord’s anointed. But he was going to use this as an opportunity to prove to Saul that he was not a threat to his life or his kingdom. He simply wanted to make things right. If he had sinned against Saul, he would confess. He just needed to know what he had done. And David’s honesty seemed to make an impact on Saul, eliciting a confession of his own and a promise to allow David to live. But Saul’s words would prove unreliable and his offer of a truce, ephemeral.