“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” with @pamjweb

Saul Attempts to Kill David Gustave Doré [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1 Samuel 24:1-7 

David Lets Saul Live

24 When Saul got back from fighting off the Philistines, he heard that David was in the desert around En-Gedi. Saul led three thousand of Israel’s best soldiers out to look for David and his men near Wild Goat Rocks at En-Gedi. There were some sheep pens along the side of the road, and one of them was built around the entrance to a cave. Saul went into the cave to relieve himself.

David and his men were hiding at the back of the cave. They whispered to David, “The Lord told you he was going to let you defeat your enemies and do whatever you want with them. This must be the day the Lord was talking about.”

David sneaked over and cut off a small piece of Saul’s robe, but Saul didn’t notice a thing. Afterwards, David was sorry that he had even done that, 6-7 and he told his men, “Stop talking foolishly. We’re not going to attack Saul. He’s my king, and I pray that the Lord will keep me from doing anything to harm his chosen king.”

Saul left the cave and started down the road.

This has to be one of the most humorous stories in the bible.  Can you imagine it, the one who is chasing you, looking to attack you, comes into the very place you are hiding and “relieves himself”.  There you are at the back of the cave, in the darkness.  He obviously hasn’t seen you.  Now is your chance.  This could even be the opportunity they felt the Lord had promised them.  They could have captured Saul there and then.

David could have – but he didn’t.

David takes the corner of Saul’s robe, but he lets him go. He acknowledges Saul as God’s chosen King, and realises he shouldn’t harm him.  Saul went on his way relieved – and safe, never realising how close he had come to defeat and humiliation.

One of my favourite sayings is “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”, an adage David clearly agreed with. 

In life there are many opportunities to do or say things – they are not all right.

As digi-disciples we also have opportunities.  Times when we have the opportunity to say things – to respond to a question, share our opinion, argue a point.  But we should stop and ask ourselves, is it helpful, encouraging, affirming?  Or us wanting to make a point, get back at someone, let them know who’s boss or wanting people to look at us?

Social media is very easy to use, easy to type a quick answer and press send before you’ve even thought about it. 

 But just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.

About pamjweb

I'm a Methodist Minister, currently unable to work because of chronic illness. I love trying to work out what God's word means for us today - and coffee and cake. Social media gives me the opportunity to still have a voice, and interact with the world