Saul Pursues David
7 Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.” 8 And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.
9 When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod.” 10 David said, “Lord, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me. 11 Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? Lord, God of Israel, tell your servant.”
And the Lord said, “He will.”
12 Again David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?”
And the Lord said, “They will.”
13 So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there.
Saul thought God was putting David into his hands because the city was walled, so David could not escape if he came after him. Saul wanted to kill David so badly that he was looking for any sign that would be in agreement with what he wanted. Saul had not taken time to get to know God better. God does not approve of murder. Be careful. You may want something so much that you assume that any opportunity that is in favor of what you want is of divine origin. Not every opportunity is sent from God. If the opportunity is something that goes against God’s will, that is never from God because God never tempts us. So, if an opportunity is sin or wrong or leads to doing wrong, God is not in this. When opportunities come your way, check your motives. Put God first. Are you following God’s desires and not just your own.