Today’s Scripture: And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.1¬†Samuel¬†24:6-7

David’s heart pounded in his chest. His men whispered, “Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee.” (1 Samuel 24:4) Thoughts of revenge and the benefits awaiting him and his men if he killed King Saul flooded his mind. He pulled out his sword and inched closer and closer to the unwary king. . .

But he stopped short of killing his enemy. He cut off a piece of Saul’s robe and put his sword away. He told his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.” (1 Samuel 24:6) David wanted God’s will, God’s way.

There are shortcuts to pleasure. But they are costly. Some people sacrifice the future on the altar of the present. They forgo lasting pleasure for temporal joys. They forfeit character for carnal gains. They surrender the spiritual for the material.

It is far better to wait for God’s best. Your boss may offer you a bonus if you cheat on a report, or you might be tempted to get involved in a relationship God would disapprove of. Wait on the Lord. Don’t lose hope. God is working even as you wait on Him. His best is worth it.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.