Saul versus David
In 1 Samuel, beginning in Chapter 18, Saul begins to get jealous of David because of David’s popularity for killing Goliath, and in Chapters 19 through 24 Saul seeks out David and tries to kill him. At one point David has an opportunity to kill Saul but chooses against it. Throughout this book, David is confused by Saul’s desire to kill him, and in Chapter 24 he confronts Saul saying: “Who is the king of Israel trying to kill anyway? Should he spend his time chasing one who is as worthless as a dead dog or a single flea?” This verse stood out to me. During a public hearing in 2007, my first year in public office, a lady said she would rather vote for her German Shepherd than for me. Ouch! Have you ever felt like you have been pursued by someone with evil intentions, and you weren’t sure why? Or perhaps you were the aggressor - pursuing someone for a reason that really has no basis. David’s reaction to Saul was: “Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn’t true.” There are times in life when we should ask ourselves, “Why are we wasting time pursuing something that is as worthless as a dead dog or a single flea? We should remember that God is kind even to those who are unthankful and wicked (Luke 6:35), and we should [b]e merciful, just as [our] Father [in Heaven] is merciful (Luke 6:36).