When Doing Nothing Is The Most Important Thing

There are times when we should trust God, but then act, knowing that He is working through us (see devotion here) but there are also times when we are to totally leave things in God’s hands, and when we are to do NOTHING but allow Him to act.

David was in a situation like that here in I Samuel 26:9-11. He definitely wanted Saul “out of the way” so that he would stop persecuting him without cause. But despite several opportunities which presented themselves to him, David was NOT going to raise his hand to do anything against Saul. Here a second time (see chapter 25) David could have easily killed Saul, but did not.
Instead he trusted that God would do it without his help. David said: “As the Lord lives, surely

— the Lord will strike him
— or his day will come that he dies,
— or he will go down into battle and perish.”

David said that God could arrange it in several ways so that Saul was taken out of the way, but that HE himself was not going to raise his hand against him. In verse 11 he said: “The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed …”.
David trusted that God would remove Saul in His own way, and he himself was committed to let God do it, without any action on his part. (This was so that he would not violate God’s command not to harm His anointed).

There are times when we must do the same. Sure, many times we are to pray and ask for God’s help, but then are to work with all our might to bring it to pass. But we must also discern that there are other times when God is calling us to leave a situation entirely alone, and entrust it completely to Him. He will accomplish what needs to be done without any help from us whatsoever.

David’s treatment of Saul here is one example of that. Perhaps you are in one of those situations now. If so, God is not calling you to take things into your own hands, or to act in any way. Instead, like David in this passage, He wants you to entrust that person, or that situation to Him, that He might take care of it in His own way, so that you will not sin in the process. In such times, the most important thing you can do is — NOTHING!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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