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August 21, 2021 8:00 pm
The farmer climbed into his truck and began his morning inspection of the crops. On reaching the farthest edge of the property, his blood began to boil. Someone had used the farm’s seclusion to illegally dump their trash—again.
As he filled the truck with the bags of food scraps, the farmer found an envelope. On it was printed the offender’s address. Here was an opportunity too good to ignore. That night he drove to the offender’s house and filled his garden with not just the dumped trash but his own!
Revenge is sweet, some say, but is it right? In 1 Samuel 24, David and his men are hiding in a cave to escape a murderous King Saul. When Saul wanders into the same cave to relieve himself, David’s men see a too-good-to-ignore opportunity for David to get revenge (vv. 3–4). But David goes against this desire to get even. “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master,” he says (v. 6). When Saul discovers that David chose to spare his life, he’s incredulous. “You are more righteous than I,” he exclaims (vv. 17–18).
As we or our loved ones face injustice, opportunities to take revenge on offenders may well come. Will we give in to these desires, as the farmer did, or go against them, like David? Will we choose righteousness over revenge?
Glad you can join us for today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. I'm sure in Boise and I've titled our reading today not seeking revenge. The farmer climbed into his truck and began his morning inspection of the crops.
On reaching the father stage of the property's blood began to boil.
Someone had used the farm seclusion to illegally dump the trash again as he filled the truck with the bags of food scraps from I found an envelope on it was printed.
The offenders address here was an opportunity to good to ignore.
That night he drove to the offenders house and filled his garden with not just the dump trash bodies iron revenge is sweet. Some say but is it right in first Samuel 24 David and his men were hiding in a cave to escape a murderous king soul. When Saul wandered into the same cave to relieve himself. David Spence already too good to ignore opportunity for David to get revenge. David went against this desire to get even the Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master. He said when soul discovered that David chose to spend his life. He was incredulous. You are more righteous than I he exclaimed, as we or our loved ones face injustice opportunities to take revenge on offenders may well come will be given to these desires is the farmer did go against them.
Like David, will be choose righteousness of revenge. Today's Scripture reading is from first Samuel chapter 24 verses 1 to 4 and 14 to 18 after soul return from pursuing the Philistines. He was told. David is in the desert amended I so sold took 3000 able young men from all Israel, and set out to look for David and his men near the crags of the wild goats. He came to the sheep pens along the way cave was there and soul went in to relieve himself.
David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said this is the day the Lord spoke of what he said to you I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish. Then David crept up and noticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe and now picking up in verse 14, against whom as the king of Israel come out who you pursuing a dead dog flea. May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it, but he vindicated me by delivering me from your hand.
When David finished saying this so last, his actual voice. David, my son and he wept aloud, you are more righteous than I he said you have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.
You have just now told me about the good you did to me. The Lord delivered me into your hands but you did not kill me. Let's pray Lord Jesus, we confess that sometimes when we experience injustice will see it happening to others part of us really wants to get even to make them pay to get revenge. Lord you toward another way, when the David also followed.
May we pursue justice for ourselves and others your way today and always trusting you to work on our behalf.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries