The decisions we make have a big impact on the future. That’s why we need to be people of integrity and character. The best way to achieve this aim is to follow the way of truth by constantly gaining wisdom from God’s Word, asking for direction, and acting on the instructions given.
Reading today in 1 Samuel 22, David’s brothers and his father’s household along with those who were in distress, in debt, or discontented gathered with David at Adullam. Saul and his men went after David and were told that Ahimelech had given David provisions. Ahimelech just told Saul the truth. He explained that he didn’t know that David was fleeing or that he had been deceived by David.
Saul believed Ahimelech had sided with David so he ordered his guards to kill Ahimelech and the priests of Nob. His guards would not so Saul then ordered the person in charge of his servants named Doeg to kill them. Doeg decided to follow Saul’s command and strike them down so that day eighty five priests were killed along with the men, women, and children of the town.
One son of Ahimelek named Abiathar did manage to escape and was able to tell David what had happened. David humbly expressed remorse and told him that he was responsible the death of Abiathar’s family. Too often, we hear of people taking the easy way out and blaming others. That’s not the way it was with David, he showed character and integrity by taking the responsibility for the priests and their families being killed.
This day with You Lord, we are guided by truth. We have the attitude of wanting to know where we fall short and what we need to do. You have high standards Lord but we have the Holy Spirit, grace, and power to keep following your promises that are built on truth. Amen.