Saul asked, “Is that your 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.”
1 Samuel 24:16-18 (NIV)
Love Our Enemies
Other than the Taliban and ISIS, Canada doesn’t really have any enemies. We do have some disputes we are working on solving. One has to do with Arctic sovereignty where the US and Russia have butted heads with Canada regarding the Northwest Passage. There is also the ongoing matter about how things will sort out over the Arctic seabed disagreements regarding deep sea mining with overlapping claims between Denmark, Norway, Russia, the US and Canada. And then there are minor border disputes on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
If there ever was a perfect picture of patience, it is seen in the life of David. He had been anointed to take over as King of Israel following Saul’s passing. He understood God’s perfect will for his life and trusted in God’s timing as well. Saul sought after David to kill him on many occasions, but David never retaliated, even when he had opportunities. In his moments of clarity, Saul recognized this, and in 1 Samuel 24:16-18 we read: “Saul asked, ‘Is that your 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.’” It is natural in the flesh to want to retaliate against our enemies when we have the chance. But we are called to never return anger with anger but instead we must be obedient to God’s call to love even our enemies. David did this and when he did, even his enemy recognized David’s righteousness.
These have been words from the heart.