1 Sam. 24:11 –“See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.”
There is nothing more daunting than a woman being told, “Your slip is showing.” In the age of body con dresses and no home training, a slip almost seems like something in the ancient past. But in Biblical days, everyone wore a slip. And everyone wasn’t unfortunate to hide it. Ever had someone right where you want them? Ever decided that revenge was to be served cold? Ever had the opportunity to laugh at someone getting their “just desserts”? What did you do? What did God want you to do? Your slip may be showing…
David started as a shepherd. His only job was to protect sheep and put them before even his own life. So he could not understand why it was that a king would not feel the same about him. After several exploits for Saul, David found himself a direct target of David’s jealousy and rage. He went from the King’s pride and joy to the King’s greatest angst, and was now exiled. He lost everything at the hand of an angry King. He lived in caves, and he was frustrated. He was frustrated because he loved this mad man. He was frustrated because he knew that he had done nothing wrong. He was frustrated because he loved God too much to choose his own pride before God’s command to honor this in-honorable king. And now he had his chance…
Saul and his men were on their way to battle and Saul decided that he would rest and sleep. Because David was in the caves he surrounded the whole army, and could have taken over the Kingdom by force. But this wasn’t about the Kingdom or the spoils. This was personal. He had him right where he wanted him, and his brothers said, “It’s payback time!”
Rather than kill Saul, David cut off a piece of Saul’s undergarment. Instantly he lamented. But why?
The answer is quite simple. Elevation without honor makes you just as mad as the mad king who seeks to kill you. If David killed Saul, he would go down in infamy as the one who let the crazy get the best of him. But he repented. He honored the position and apologized to God for almost forfeiting his destiny.
The eighth month represents a new beginning. What new level does God want to take you to; and what Saul are you cutting in their madness? David said to Saul what I am saying to you; your slip is showing. Don’t use exposure of someone else to expose a character flaw in yourself. Your greatest strength doesn’t come from what you do; it comes from what you could have done and chose not to.
Cleo Dailey, III is a minister, freelance writer, and author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently releasing his newest memoirs this summer while studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology in Peoria, IL.