1 Samuel 26
After a while a group of men, called the Ziphites, came to Saul and stirred up his anger with David. So Saul got together his army of 3000 men and went to find David in the Wilderness of Ziph. One night, while Saul and his camp were in a deep sleep from the Lord, David and one of his men, Abishai, snuck into Saul’s camp. They found where Saul was sleeping. Abishai begged David to let him kill Saul, but David refused to harm God’s chosen leader. Instead, they took Saul’s spear and water jug and snuck back out of camp.
David went to a hill a fair distance from the camp and called out to them. Abner, the head of Saul’s army, asked what he thought he was doing. Then David showed the spear and jug and asked Abner why he had not better guarded his king!! Then Saul called out to David and they talked. Once again Saul realized he was wrong and that David meant him no harm. They parted ways peacefully again.
Do you ever feel like you have the same disagreement over and over again with someone? Maybe a brother or sister? Is it harder to forgive the second (or third!) time? It usually is, but God tells us to keep forgiving. Our job is to do what is right, not what is easy! Keep forgiving, that is God’s way!
Act out this story. Sneak into the camp, steal the spear and call out from the hill. Remind your child we have to keep doing the right thing, even when it gets hard!