Having the Lord as our refuge is the only way as a Christian, that our peace can be sustained in any and every circumstances. In 1 Samuel 21 onward, David kept running from King Saul, who was pursuing his life for no just cause. David however, had an opportunity in 1 Samuel 24 to kill Saul but he refrain from it and instead cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
David felt bad, his conscience stricken, for having cut of a piece of the King’s robe. This is someone making life miserable for David, seeking his life. You will wonder what kind of heart David has!! He had a heart after God 1 Samuel 13:14. David, I believe was empathetic, he knew the Kind was been fed with lies and he had compassion for the King. He wondered why the King should be listening to the sycophants all around him.
1 Samuel 24:9 He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? 10 This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.
Friends, we as believers have to learn to sieve information, solicited and unsolicited from every quarter with the word of God. Our biases and insecurities sometimes gives us the propensity to accept what in most cases are not true about others. We need to understand that many will falsify and cook up things to create acrimony for their own selfish gain. Be watchful of tale bearers!!!!
For the peace of God to reign in your heart, you must obey the command to love God and your neighbor as yourself. This is what will help you to look at the pursuer of your life with love and hand them over to their maker to deal with them as He deems fit. You just do your part of loving and praying for them. Oh yes! Pray for your enemies!!! Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!