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1 Samuel 24:6-7

1 Samuel 24:6–7 (ESV): “6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord’s anointed.” 7 So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.”

It's a difficult thing for most of us to leave vengeance to the Lord.  When we are wronged we must let the Lord deal with our assailant.  Especially when they are His anointed.

After David fled from Saul, he and his men hid in the wilderness of Engedi.  Being informed of this, Saul took soldiers to seek David out.  Saul, having to relieve himself, entered a cave unaware that David and his men were in the innermost part.   As he was taking care of business, David snuck down and cut a portion of his robe off.  David was immediately convicted and persuaded his men not to lay hold of Saul for he was God anointed.

Do you take matters into your own hands when wronged, or do you let the Lord avenge you?  Even if God has given you a promise relating to your wrongdoer, it is still not ok to act on your own behalf.  God will fulfill His promises in His timing and way.  Just trust Him.  Don't step in the flesh.  Wait on the Lord to move.  It is far better when we let God do the avenging.

Father,  we thank You for being our avenger.  You alone deserve that role.  May we walk in patience towards our assailants and allow You room to work. Keep us obedient we pray in Jesus' name, amen.   

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