He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.'” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

1 Samuel 24:3-4 (NIV)

When Saul entered the cave, and David and his men were hiding in the back, David could have murdered Saul, and no one would have questioned his actions. After all, Saul has been relentlessly pursuing David for quite some time and trying to kill him when he’s done nothing wrong. In fact, David’s heroic actions in Israel were well known, so killing Saul would have been justified. As some say today, “Saul had it coming.”

Yet, David didn’t murder Saul even though it looked like God had delivered Saul into his hands. Instead, he cut off a corner of Saul’s robe and then revealed to Saul that he could have killed him when Saul left the cave.

In Ephesians, the apostle Paul wrote:

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

This verse promises that we each have a destiny to fulfill, and God will prepare us to do what he has called us to do. David knew that he had been anointed to be the king of Israel, but David also knew that he would be king in God’s time. Therefore, instead of murdering Saul, which was not a good thing to do, he spared Saul’s life.

Since we, as Christians, each have the destiny to fulfill, we might be tempted along the way to speed things along. Like David, we might see opportunities to take shortcuts along the way. Yet, like David, we must have the discernment to recognize good works from evil works. Christianity has no such thing as “the end justifying the means.” Such thinking comes from the world and from those whose destiny is destruction.

Therefore, as we continue walking with the Lord, let us stay in step with the Lord, keeping our eyes open to see, ears open to hear, and hearts aligned with his good and perfect will. Knowing that there are good things God’s prepared for us to do, that we might do them and bring him all the glory, honor, and praise.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.