You can bend over backwards and go to great lengths in making personal sacrifices to help certain people and in the end they can still be so ungrateful. That’s what I’ve seen unfold in the news in the past several weeks as first responders and medical professionals who were hailed as heroes for their good deeds and selflessness early in the COVID scamdemic are now vilified and rejected if they exercise their right not to be injected with a questionable foreign substance.
Such evil reminded me of what David went through because of King Saul’s selfish, power-hungry obsessions. Young David put his life on the line on many occasions to help strengthen Israel only to be targeted as a villain. One such incident happened with the city of Keilah in 1 Samuel 23 as follows:
“Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors…
“Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
“So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah…
“And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
“Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
“Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.
“Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.
“Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.”
David saved the lives of the people of Keilah, yet they were a bunch of ingrates who were prepared to betray him and turn him over to Saul to end his life. Fortunately, David had an ace card–his relationship with the Lord. Because young David sought to please and glorify the Lord in all that he did, and did the right thing even for a bunch of wicked people, the Lord had David’s back even when David and his men were greatly outnumbered.
How David handled his dire straits serves as a lesson to us all. His attitude highlights several things, such as:
- It is wise, in times of doubt, to make it a point to ascertain God’s knowledge of things.
- In matters of life or death and livelihood, just because we did a big favor for someone and they owe us, does not mean we can automatically speculate, assume, and hope they’ll return the favor by having our backs.
- Like David did here, we must trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not unto our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge him, so he can direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5).
- When we get warnings from the Lord that people we’re around don’t have what’s best for us in mind, then a separation and enduring inconveniences may be necessary to carry out God’s will and to save ourselves.
- When our hearts are right with God, he will make a way of escape for us and bless us to see better days even when our enemies are powerful and in the majority trying to disrupt our blessings.