Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 18:1-16, 19:1-10 (day seven)
Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on. 1 Samuel 18:8-9
Why did Saul look at David with suspicion? Nothing had changed in their relationship, but now there were singing ladies who foreshadowed a future Saul didn’t like. Saul began to realize David was treated like a king by both the people and God. Saul saw the truth, and it was ugly. The future was David’s to assume by the power of God, and instead of accepting what lay ahead Saul decided to fight. He would fight David, he would fight God, and he would fight Truth.
Fighting the truth of God was Saul’s big mistake. It’s understandable though that Saul pushed back. We do the same. Whenever the truth of God’s Word infringes on our perceived rights or our deep wants or cultural values we do whatever it takes to squelch the truth. Like Saul, the longer we challenge the truth the more chaotic our heart gets, and we will only find peace when we realize submitting to God’s truth is the greatest act of our lives even when we have to lose something dear to our hearts.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32