Grace and peace be unto you.
Have your friends ever tried to persuade you to use an opportunity that was not from God? What did you do? Scripture says, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
The story is told that Saul was intent on harming David. Hence, when he heard that David was in the Desert of En Gedi, he took three thousand young men and went to search for him. It so happened that he came across a cave and went to relieve himself. Interestingly, David and his men were in the back of the cave.
When David’s men saw Saul, they told him that God had delivered Saul into his hands. And so, David crept up behind Saul unnoticed and cut off a corner of his robe. Immediately, he was conscience-stricken and said, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” Then, he rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul (1 Samuel 24:1-7).
David’s men saw how Saul treated him unjustly and yearned for vindication. Hence, when he entered the cave, they assumed that God provided an opportunity for them to kill him. Thus, they encouraged David to do same. Scripture says, “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed” (James 1:14). Fortunately, God intervened and revealed his desire to David.
We are prone to respond to situations based on our desires. David did not initially reject the idea because it was aligned with his desire. Oftentimes, our friends give us advice that they think are in our best interest. Nevertheless, their suggestions may not represent God’s view. Sadly, if they are pleasing to us, we may act on them at our earliest convenience. God is not opposed to us listening to counsel (Proverbs 15:22), but he is asking us to discuss them with him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for friends and well-wishers. Help us to discuss their advice with you before following through. In Jesus’ name, amen.