In honor of my Old Testament class this semester, a few weeks ago I started reading the OT in 1 Samuel.
***spoiler alert*** (haha)
All throughout 1 Samuel, well, the last half I guess, Saul has a huge chip on his shoulder against David and is trying to murder him. David has two chances to kill Saul, and refuses both times because Saul was still God’s leader of Israel, and David had to respect that. So while Saul was still alive, David had to live a migratory life, always on the run, always trying to stay one step ahead of Saul.
At the end of 1 Samuel, King Saul dies. And in the beginning of 2 Samuel, we see David’s reaction to his death. In the first chapter after he hears Saul is dead, David is just totally distraught. He tears his clothes and mourns and weeps over the death of this man who tried to kill him, who was the king of Israel.
It really just made me think about how we react to our leaders. Sure, I don’t agree with much of what Obama wants to do, but that doesn’t make him any less my President or any less of a human being. I am still called to honor him, respect him, pray for him, and honestly desire the best for him in his life. If David can do all that to a leader who was trying to KILL him, I think we can do that for a leader who is making changes in our economy.
Proverbs 21:1: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” (NIV)
God is in control. God is bigger than Obama, and we as God’s servants need to honor and respect that man.