1but he thought to himself, “One of these days, Saul is going to kill me. The only way to escape from him is to go to Philistia. Then I'll be outside of Israel, and Saul will give up trying to catch me.”
2-3David and his 600 men went across the border to stay in Gath with King Achish the son of Maoch. His men brought their families with them. David brought his wife Ahinoam whose hometown was Jezreel, and he also brought his wife Abigail who had been married to Nabal from Carmel. 4When Saul found out that David had run off to Gath, he stopped trying to catch him.
5One day, David was talking with Achish and said, “If you are happy with me, then let me live in one of the towns in the countryside. I'm not important enough to live here with you in the royal city.”
6Achish gave David the town of Ziklag that same day, and Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.
7David was in Philistia for a year and four months. 8The Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites lived in the area from Telam to Shur and on as far as Egypt, and David often attacked their towns. 9Whenever David and his men attacked a town, they took the sheep, cattle, donkeys, camels, and the clothing, and killed everyone who lived there.
After he returned from a raid, David always went to see Achish, 10who would ask, “Where did you attack today?”
David would answer, “Oh, we attacked some desert town that belonged to the Judah tribe.” Sometimes David would say, “Oh, we attacked a town in the desert where the Jerahmeel clan lives” or “We attacked a town in the desert where the Kenites live.” 11That's why David killed everyone in the towns he attacked. He thought, “If I let any of them live, they might come to Gath and tell what I've really been doing.”
David made these raids all the time he was in Philistia. 12But Achish trusted David and thought, “David's people must be furious with him. From now on he will have to take orders from me.”
In today’s episode, we are reading about failure. Get ready, because you will be wondering why this man of God (David) who trusts and turns to God for guidance, is now slaughtering men and women and pillaging their possessions.
The word “hypocrite” comes to mind.
What makes us act so radically different? From one day to the next, we can seem like different people. Why the different behaviour, different language and different thoughts?
The answer is: sin.
David was a sinner. Just like you and me. You may have never killed anyone like David or ransacked a village like he did, but you sinned. Scriptures says we are sinners. By breaking even one of the least of the commandments, we sin.
The Bible tells many stories of people just like David. One minute they were heroes of the Christian faith; the next minute they’d committed an epic failure.
The hope in all this is that Jesus came for sinners. He came to save the world from the sin and corruption in our lives. Our only hope in our failures in this life is Jesus. When we are honest with God in our transgressions, He is faithful to forgive us.
Get past your failures and instead look forward to the next chapter in your life. Don’t harbour the sin that wants to weigh you down. Ask Jesus to forgive you. He is faithful to forgive us all our sin.
Please forgive me for my hypocritical behaviors, which are inconsistent with biblical values. I recognize how I’ve failed and disappointed you. Thank you for covering my failure and my guilt with the shed blood of Christ. Help me to move forward in your grace, forgiveness and joy. Amen.