Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 15 (day three)
“I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.”
It takes Saul three iterations of the narrative for him to speak the truth. First, Saul does his best to convince himself that the plunder is purely for noble purposes. Second, Saul attempts to redirect: The main thing got done, didn’t it? Finally, Saul arrives at the real story: “I acted out of fear.” Herein lies the reign-defining difference between David and Saul. David says, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Saul says, “What time I am afraid, I will do fear’s bidding.” It is not a sin to be afraid. It is a sin to serve fear as one’s master. Of course you’re afraid. But what are you going to do from that point?