This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” (2 Samuel 9:3a)
David was not a typical new king. He didn’t fit the mold of the guy replacing an old dynasty. The pattern of ancient history was for the new king to slaughter every known relative of the last king. You never knew if some distant relative might think you took their rightful place and then plot to take your throne away from you.
But not David.
For years Saul had hunted David and had tried over and over to put him to death. Yet David never lifted a hand against Saul. And now, after Saul’s death, David has a desire to show kindness to Saul’s family. David found Saul’s crippled grandson and lavished him with wealth and honor.
Like the rest of the world, we can certainly find ourselves wanting to hold on to grudges and even the score with those who have hurt us. We may try to guard ourselves from anyone with the faintest connection to those who have hurt us.
But not God. Think about how God has treated us. Though we were once enemies, it was His kindness that drew us back and even saved us. Oh that we may learn and cultivate this same heart of kindness.