As for God, his way is perfect; 2 Samuel 22:31
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33
A mans steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way? Proverbs 20:24
All a man’s ways seem right to him but the LORD weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2
Ears that hear and eyes that see- the LORD has made them both. Proverbs 20:12
In the above list of verses that last one seems out of place. All the others deal with a “way” and the last one talks about ears and eyes! But if we are not willing to allow God to truly open our ears and eyes to His Word, and will, we are going to miss the way. I could take a good lesson from David in 1 Samuel 26 because I don’t want to miss it!
David goes down into enemy camp with his brave and faithful nephew. The two were able to get close enough to king Saul (the one pursuing Davids life) that killing him would have been no problem but David advises to only take his spear and water jug. Why?! His nephew Abishai even says, Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. (vs. 8) let’s kill him, it will be easy! But David has another thought…
But David says to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless? As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.” 1 Samuel 26:9-11
David knew God had anointed Saul as current king – David knew God had anointed himself (David) to be king at some point – What David had to decide now was that if this situation was a God ordained “open door” to take the throne as God had said he would, or, was it just an “open door” for an opportunity to take things in his own hands rather than to trust God’s perfect way.
This is where it can get tricky and why a relationship with the Lord is so important. His sheep know His voice Scripture says but we can’t know the voice of one we have never spent any time getting to know. Our own voice and this world can be pretty loud so unless I am asking God to work out wholehearted willing devotion in my mind and heart to Him, asking Him to open my eyes and ears to His presence, I could easily misstep in “open door” opportunities. We see it happen in other places in Scripture … Abraham and Sarah: open door- Hagar; Jonah should go to Nineveh: open door- ship sailing to Tarshish … taking our own “open doors” don’t end as perfectly as if we had walked through God’s. YET He never leaves our side either door we choose, praise Him! He is faithful even when we are not (2 Tim. 2:13).
So David decided that what God had clearly set up He was able to take down; and since he had not sensed God specifically asking him to do the “taking down”, he would wait for God to fulfill His promise. One day (somehow) God would prove His faithfulness and he would take the throne Gods way.
Way to go David!! But what gets even better is that this part of the story ends with God getting the glory because Davids actions proved He bowed to a Mighty God rather than to self; Davids army saw it and even the enemy king Saul says in verse 25, “May you be blessed, my son David; you will do great things and surely triumph.” Davids enemy knew by his submission to the Almighty God that he would triumph!! (And we will too as believers in Jesus because the tomb was empty!) Gods way, will always triumph and it will always be the greatest, most perfect way (Prov. 19:21)
Independent Read: Isaiah 30:21, John 10:27