Once more, David passes on an opportunity to take out Saul, because David refuses to touch God’s anointed, even though he knows that Saul is unjustly after his blood. David knows that God has promised to give the throne to him, and he won’t force the issue by taking matters into his own hands.
Have you ever heard the phrase “God helps those who help themselves”? Wouldn’t it make sense for David to take advantage of the situation here? Well, not really. Because that phrase is not in the Bible. God gave David the promise, and it is up to God to make it come to pass. It is not up to David.
When David shows Saul the spear and the water jug, Saul is finally convinced that David is not after him, and we have no more recorded instances that they ever saw each other again.
So what of David’s statement at the beginning of the next chapter that “One of these days Saul will sweep me away.” David may have convinced Saul, but David doesn’t trust Saul, and he is having an episode of weak faith. If his faith was strong, he would know that there is no way God will allow Saul to harm him.
I have known some wonderful men of God who sometimes had doubts. I have had periods in my own life where I wasn’t sure of God’s will for my life or whether I was even on God’s radar. This is a good reminder to pray for our pastors and other people in our lives, who come under attack. Our leaders, whether they be spiritual leaders or family leaders or governmental leaders often come under really intense pressure from all kinds of sources. Even those who we think are pillars of strength. In their hearts, they sometimes doubt. Pray for them. Encourage them. Lift them up.