When David in the Bible came face to face with his arch enemy King Saul, who had done everything imaginable to kill him, David refused to seek vengeance and kill King Saul because the king was God’s anointed. What was the end result? David’s wise decision to refuse revenge humbled Saul on the one hand and on the other hand paved the way for David to become king. So who took care of dealing with Saul and his wrongdoing? God took care of it. This was not the only time David had the chance to seek revenge with Saul. When David came face to face with Saul yet again, and had the opportunity to kill this man who had wreaked such havoc in his life in desperately trying to kill him, David once again refused vengeance. He trusted God to deliver him. How did Saul die ultimately? He fell down on his own sword – on purpose – when the Philistines came after him. David, who could have lost his ability to become king by seeking vengeance on God’s anointed Saul, became King of Israel and was part of the lineage of none other than Jesus the Christ, savior of the world! David had trusted God to deliver him from his troubles and to deal with Saul. Who does vengeance belong to, according to the Bible? Not us. Vengeance belongs to the Lord. And when we step out of the way and refuse to seek vengeance on those who have wronged us, God takes care of it.
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Do you know what Jesus Christ did on the cross when He was reviled? He did not revile in return. Do you know what He did when He suffered on the cross? He did not threaten those who came at Him. Did He open His mouth and yell and scream and fling accusations at those who tortured and ultimately killed Him? No. He didn’t open His mouth to do that at all. He used His mouth to forgive. And do you know what He did? He put His trust in God who would judge righteously. He let God take care of it.
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Are there times we need to seek justice? If and when the Lord says so, absolutely. But justice and vengeance are not the same. God calls us to love and forgive, not to hate and seek revenge. Should we stand up for what is right? If and when God says so, absolutely. But standing up for what is right is not the same as seeking vengeance. Should we seek attorneys and go to court? Should we tell others what someone has done to us? If and when God says so, absolutely. But this is not the same as seeking revenge.
No matter who has come against you, or who is coming against you right now, or who will come against you in the future, do as David and Jesus the Christ did. Submit yourself to God, entrust yourself to Him, pray and listen and do what He tells you to do, and make sure you do not seek vengeance. Because vengeance belongs to the Lord!
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Sa 24:1 And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.
1Sa 24:2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
1Sa 24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
1Sa 24:4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.
1Sa 24:5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.
1Sa 24:6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.
1Sa 24:7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
1Sa 24:8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
1Sa 24:9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
1Sa 24:10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed.
1Sa 24:11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
1Sa 24:12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
1Sa 24:13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
1Sa 24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
1Sa 24:15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
1Sa 24:16 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
1Sa 24:17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
1Sa 24:18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.
1Sa 24:19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.
1Sa 24:20 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.
1Sa 24:21 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house.
1Sa 24:22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.
1Sa 26:7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.
1Sa 26:8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.
1Sa 26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?
1Sa 26:10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
1Sa 26:11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.