Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 24 (day three)
But David and his men went up to the stronghold.
Saul wept nostalgic tears. The golden times of David’s service in Saul’s household—those were the days. Too bad he didn’t understand: The past is a good teacher, but it’s a terrible coach. It can remind us where we’ve been, but it can’t urge us on in the direction we must go. The future’s coming, and only those who make peace with the present will live well in that future. Does that mean satisfaction with the present? Hardly. It means understanding that you start with what you’ve got, not with what you wish you had. David’s present wasn’t a good one, but it was what he had. Saul withdrew into his memories. David went up to the stronghold. That wasn’t his future, but it’s how he would get there.