April 3

It is often difficult to maintain a clean heart when we suffer unjustly at the hands of another. Thoughts of unforgiveness, bitterness and vengeance have a way of creeping in. If only the right opportunity were to present itself, we could enact justice.

If anyone ever had the right and the opportunity to get even with someone for being wronged, it was David, the anointed king of Israel who had been on the run for his life from Saul. In chapter 24, David has every opportunity to set everything right, by killing or capturing Saul. His men encouraged him to take the opportunity, even couching it in religious terms. David considered it, even cutting off a strip of Saul’s clothing while Saul was distracted. But David, the man after God’s own heart, was stricken by his heart. Saul was the anointed of God. He was once anointed to be king and he was now anointed to fulfill God’s plan. It was not for David to raise his hand against him.

How could he respond to Saul in this way? Because he was convinced that God stands between every human relationship as judge. David said to Saul, “May the LORD judge between me and you, may the LORD avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you.” (1Sa 24:12 ESV)

When we allow other’s mistreatment of us to turn into unforgiveness, bitterness or a desire for vengeance, we take the rightful role of God as the just judge. Let us instead use such opportunities to examine ourselves and make sure that when the judge rules between us, that He will find us faultless.