This week Davey Blackburn delivered a message entitled “Steal a Spear.” We often find ourselves targets - of criticisms, judgements, misunderstandings, etc. We are defined by how we respond to these offenses.
Davey used Saul as an example of how bitterness can rot the hand that holds it.
The next day a spirit of distress sent from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house while David played the harp as usual. Now Saul was holding a spear, and he hurled it, thinking, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul. So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns. In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.
1 Samuel 18:10-16
In these verses, Saul has a growing jealousy of David. He was somehow hurt by something in the past, and he let this fester comparison and bitterness. If we don’t let God take care of our pain, it will be transferred onto someone else. Saul eventually begins to ascribe that David is treasonous. He fills in his own narrative. Saul hurls a spear at David, yet David evades it twice and does not retaliate. Instead, he merely takes Saul’s weapon when no one is looking and walks away. This is how we should react when people take action against us. When people throw spears at us, we tend to want to become offended and throw one back. However, we have the choice of whether or not we are offended. There is a Saul-like spirit woven in Western Christianity, full of comparison and jealousy.
3 Cures for Comparison
1. Calling: Realize that God has a distinct calling for your life. If you keep Jesus at the forefront of your mind and remember that He has a perfect plan for you, you won’t worry about anyone else.
2. Confession: We have to be forgiven by confessing to God and be healed by confessing to each other. Putting ourselves in a difficult spot and confessing vulnerability and insecurity can help us gain clarity and explanations.
3. Celebration: We should celebrate the successes and promotions of others! This doesn’t mean that there is anything taken away from you. People can’t steal what God has intended for you.
When David comes across Saul’s camp, where he is sleeping with his spear in the ground next to him, he refuses to take vengeance. It is the perfect opportunity, yet David realizes that we are all the Lord’s anointed. God is a much better avenger than anyone else, and David allows God to have control over the situation. David took the spear and left and no one even saw him. In a world where everyone is taking an eye for an eye, we can steal a spear and tell the story of Jesus through our actions.