A young soldier crouches down low, hidden by the shadows deep within a cave in the mountains. Looking over the boulder covering him from certain death he sees his mentor and king relieving himself.
What are the odds the man who is trying to kill him is taking a piss in the same cave he’s hiding in?
This is your chance! A voice murmurs coercively. To kill the man who has been chasing you all over these damn mountains. A man so insecure he is willing to leave his duties as king and take 3000 men off their regular duties to hunt down a lowly soldier, all for jealousy.
The soldier then sneaks up on his king and cuts off a part of his robe. But his actions later trouble him so he runs after his king making his way from the cave. He shouts as his majesty in a broken voice;
“Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed David seeks your harm’? Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’
The king turns around and sees the piece of his robe in his best soldiers’ hand. A very human moment is shared between the two and the king weeps bitterly because he knows, David is a better man than he.
This is why God chose David, because while Saul struggled in power to obey God completely, David’s heart was to be king so that God’s will could be done in Israel, even if it meant leaving his murderous adversary untouched. Saul couldn’t care two flying coconuts about what God wanted whereas David would end up being the King to give what costs him dearly to build God a home.
Look, haters are gonna hate. Even in “church” leaders can be driven by selfish ambition to build their own ministry. They forget that God chose them. Pride lets slip that their abilities and talents come from God and they end up trying to assassinate the callings of the people who are meant to build with them.
We are building HIS kingdom, seeking HIS kingdom first.
Imagine what if David and King Saul decided to come back after that encounter in the mountains. Would David, a warrior who never lost a battle, have been able to shield Saul so he wouldn’t have died on the field? And would Saul have been there to advice David to go work instead of looking a Bathsheba bathing?
We’ll never know but let this be something we think about today. Are we so adamant on our ambition we have kicked God’s will through us out of the picture?
And this is just one of the stories that the Ein Gedi mountains hold.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.
The Dead Sea was an interesting experience. Salt content is so high you really cannot sink, you’ll just float.
Thinking of: The Temple Mount tomorrow!