by | Sep 1, 2021 | Vital Life Application Devotions


Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.

David then asked Ahimelek the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, “Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?”

“I’ll go with you,” said Abishai.

So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.

Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.”

But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?

Abishai demonstrated great courage by offering to go into Saul’s camp with David. Abishai in his desire to kill Saul was trying to protect David. He did not realize that David could not hurt Saul because of a bigger plan. At this point Saul was in the position of authority and was God’s anointed king. David would not kill Saul out of respect for the position and God’s anointing. Abishai disagreed with David, but he also respected David. Abishai would become one of David’s greatest warriors. There may be a time when you need to make a decision where you need to follow the leadership of another. You may be tempted to do what you think is better, or you may be tempted to disobey. When there are persons in leadership over you, there will be directives that you will need to follow. You will need to recognize the respect of the position and follow those directives. That does not mean you follow leadership that directs you to sin or go against God’s commands, but there will be job responsibilities that will come in life where you will carry out the orders of the one in leadership. If you disagree, you can make your ideas known, and that may help in a decision, but in the end, the person in leadership usually has the final say.

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