Daily Devotional

How You Can be Faithful to God

by Simon Whitton

Faithfulness or loyalty is important in the kingdom of God, and that is what the following passage is all about:

12 Saul said, "Listen now, son of Ahitub." "Yes, my lord," he answered.
13 Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse (David), giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?"
14 Ahimelech answered the king, "Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king's son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household?

1 Samuel 22:12-14 (NIV)

After several attempts on his life, David had recently fled from King Saul's wrath. Saul is fearful that David may lead a revolution and overthrow his kingdom.  Saul accuses Ahimelech of conspiring against him, with aiding and abetting a dangerous fugitive, and David of rebellion and plotting to kill the King.

Saul's accusations are speculative, but understandable given the circumstances.
Ahimelech's answer is interesting because the situation, and the David he eloquently describes, are the complete opposite to Saul's description.  As readers of the whole story we know that Ahimelech spoke the truth.  David had remained loyal to King Saul.  Later in an encounter with David, and a moment of clarity, Saul acknowledges David's faithfulness.  David then responds to Saul:

The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD's anointed.
1 Samuel 26:23 (NIV)

David knew that it was God who had anointed Saul King over Israel, and it would be God who removed Saul in His time.  But more than this, David understood that loyalty to men IS faithfulness towards God.  Even when that means being loyal towards those who seek your harm.

Think about the many relationships you have in this world.  Perhaps in some of them you are treated badly or unfairly.  Despite this, pray that you may remain loyal.  God sees this as faithfulness towards Him, and He will reward you.

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