Background: The first king of the nation of Israel was named Saul. Saul was prideful and when he disobeyed God, God rejected him as king. God then secretly selected a young man named David to be king. He was a man who trusted God and served Him with his whole heart. David became one of Saul’s greatest military leaders and people loved him. But Saul became jealous, so much so, that he plotted to kill David. David fled to the wilderness with 600 trusted men. One day while Saul was pursuing David in the mountains, Saul ventured into a cave where David was hiding with all his men.
Ask the children…
What did David’s men encourage David to do and how did David respond?
“‘Now’s your opportunity!’ David’s men whispered to him. ‘Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’’ So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.” (1 Samuel 24:5)
David could had easily killed Saul but something stopped him. What was it?
“But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. 6 ‘The Lord knows I shouldn’t have done that to my lord the king,’ he said to his men. ‘The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king and attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.’” (1 Samuel 24:5, 6)
God spoke to David that even though Saul was seeking to kill him, that David should not kill the one God had selected to be king. It would have been easy for David to convince himself that God had rejected Saul and selected David to be king, but this change of leadership had not taken place yet. David did not seek revenge, he left that in God’s hands.
Ask your children if there is anyone that has wronged them and they want to seek revenge from? How can they entrust judgement to God and not take it into their own hands? Pray with them that God would give them the compassion for the other person and patience to wait on the Lord in this situation.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
If you like what you read about ways to teach children the Bible, check out the children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible. CHECK OUT A FREE SAMPLE OF CHAPTER ONE BELOW.