Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
What words come to mind?
Bully. Madman. Dictator. Creeper. Villain.
Saul was King of Israel, father of Jonathan (the best friend of David), and sworn enemy of David. Can you say “awkward?”
In 1 Samuel 19 “Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David.” This was the equivalent of putting a bounty on someones head. Think Jabba the Hut and Han Solo in Star Wars. OK, that may be a stretch, but you get my point: Saul was jealous of David and wanted him D.E.A.D.
As David’s popularity grew in Israel so did Saul’s hatred. When the warriors came home from a stiff battle with the Philistines, the women danced into the streets singing: “Saul has slain his thousands and David his tens of thousands.” David was getting the lion’s share of votes on the latest episode of Israeli Idol and this caused Saul to become very angry.
Whenever you’re experiencing good things in your life, the favor of God or blessings untold, there will be those that simply don’t like it. Enemies will emerge. Perhaps the word “enemy” is a bit strong, but consider it’s meaning for a moment: a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another.
Last week I asked the question: Do you have a friend?
This week I am wondering: Do you have an enemy? Or in some cases a “frienemy” (that’s a supposed friend that doesn’t truly act like one).
Every good story has a point of conflict, a problem to be solved, situation to be overcome or a person to deal with. In the story of our lives, we face conflicts all the time. If we are going to do something significant with our time on this planet, then we can and will face certain levels of opposition. The enemy may be an actual person that is bent on hurting you, but more often though, the enemy is our own sin, failure, fear, or…dare I say…stupidity. As Christians we also battle against the enemy of our soul – the devil, who is not flesh and blood, but rather a ruler, authority, power of the dark world and a spiritual force of evil (see Ephesians 6:12).
If you have a dream or desire to honor God with your whole life, then expect a “Saul” to present himself. Be ready to experience some point of opposition from an enemy (real or perceived). Ephesians 6:13 gives us some helpful reminders about facing our enemies: “Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, stand.”