It brakes my heart to see people cause others to suffer, just because of their own gain. Sin causes people to not think straight, while leading to be selfish in their wants and desires. So they justify their sin, in order to get what they want. Even when people are addicted to porn, drugs, alcohol and other things, they justify it also over time. Now, what is sad is the same can be said with murder. We have women that abort their children and justify it later as well. And to be even more frank than this, we have some people that murder innocent children and adults and don’t even think twice until they are caught as well. It isn’t until people get in trouble, based on their actions, is often when they have to rethink their life and then some do repent and come to God, while others still do not. Now, David was also in sexual sin, in 1 Samuel 27, while living in polygamy with his newfound wives, Ahinoam, and Abigail. Of which he also gave his current wife, Michal, to someone else, in chapter 25. And why would someone do this? It is because they are under the influence of the devil and are giving in to his temptations. “Oh, there are better women out there, don’t worry about it”, he says. And again, getting back to murder, this attitude caused him to have anger fill his heart, even because of Saul as well, that he went and pillaged three different nations, namely, Geshurites, the Gezrites, and the Amalekites. He did this with help from six hundred men that were with him. So he went on and 2“smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.” (1 Samuel 27:9)
Truly, what David did was so wrong in not only my eyes, but the Lord’s also. It pains me just thinking about all those innocent lives that were killed by the sword. This was not a man of God acting in this fashion, but a person given over to their own wicked desires and covetousness. Did he need to harm these people? No. Did he need to take their property away from them? No. Did God tell David to do this? No. However, the Bible does say that this vial and murderous act was performed by the intentions of David and his men. It reads, 2“And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites. And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so will be his manner all the while he dwelleth in the country of the Philistines. And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.” (1 Samuel 27:10-12) So what was his reasoning? So that people would not tell on him when stealing their goods? Are you kidding me? So that people would hate him? This is so ridiculous. Again, it was sin that caused him to murder innocent people. It’s like he didn’t care about the commandment, 1“thou shalt not kill”. (Exodus 20:13) And this is what happens when we are in sin. We do things that are stupid but also have consequences. And if David had not repented later on in life, he would be hell right now. Now please understand that getting right with God when we are in sin is important. Otherwise, our salvation is at stake.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, my heart cries out for all the innocent people that have been killed over the years. Millions of unborn babies are slaughtered each year in abortion, of which my soul cries out for people to stop it. I don’t want to hear about another innocent life like this being killed while denying the importance of your beautiful creation and to reproduce. I am also afflicted in knowing that there have been millions of lives killed in not only wars but also by the hands of people that hate Christians. All this conflict and death is very sad, and only praise being to those people that have stood up for their faith even until the end of their lives. Lord, it is my desire that Your commandment, thou shalt not kill, will be rightly understood in people’s lives. May this convict people when they are about to murder someone without a cause. And really, Lord, is there ever a reason now to take an innocent life? Absolutely not! No possessions that they have could bring me joy by taking their life over. No life lost like this or in the heat of the moment is ever right. For life is precious in your sight. Lord, may more people seek Your hand more often in prayer and read the Bible daily, that Your words will be in their hearts. Then, will they know how to act under different circumstances, while keeping their cool and not overreacting. It is love that changes the atmosphere. So I pray that You will usher into every person’s life Your love, that love, peace, compassion, and kindness will abound in other people’s lives that we encounter. I love You, Lord. To do Your will is what brings me joy. Amen.