2020-10-12 - Truth or Consequence
Biblical Reference: 1 Samuel 21:1-9, 22:9-23
“But one son of Ahimelech son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David. He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. Then David said to Abiathar, “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family. Stay with me; don’t be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me.”” (1 Samuel 22:20-23 NIV)
David hid in two caves while on the run from Saul. The first was in Adullam. Adullam is a region of Israel near the Valley of Elah, southwest of Bethlehem. Micah 1:15 calls Adullum the glory of Israel. While David was hiding out in Adullum, Abiathar came on the scene after 85 of his family members were killed at Saul's command. Abiathar escaped and explained the situation to David. David wasn't surprised about Abiathar’s families' deaths and took responsibility. King Saul was mad that Abiathar’s father, priest Ahimelech, helped his enemy David. David deceived Ahimelech in order to obtain food and ammunition while running from Saul. David’s lie spared his life but caused 85 innocent people to perish. David told Abiathar he would be safe with him. David tried to make things right.
Lying is not the best option. It may work in the moment, but in many cases has ripple effects and can make a situation worse. The Bible is clear, lying hurts and God detests it. (See Exodus 20:16, Leviticus 19:11, Proverbs 24:28, 26:28, Colossians 3:9-10)
We aren’t always given a means to repay our wrongs like David was. I can recall regrets I wish I could fix, but I can’t go back and undo my misguided actions. These moments are another opportunity to rely on the Lord to bring restoration and peace. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) The first step is forgiveness, asking for and receiving. This may be to someone specific, or to the Lord as a proxy. Once we confess, we can stop punishing ourselves for mistakes. Holding onto guilt and shame is another way we are kept dark and silent in our caves.
Lord, How I wish I could change the past. I have learned from my mistakes and don’t want them to harm me anymore. If anyone is hurting because of my decisions, I pray You will heal them and me, so we can move on and live in freedom. In the name of Jesus, I thank You for forgiving me. Amen!
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