He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed, to raise my hand against him; for he is the LORD’S anointed.” - 1 Samuel 24:6
David and his men found themselves in a place where their enemy was powerless. While actively targeting David’s life, King Saul had inadvertently made himself vulnerable. To David's men, this seemed to be God providing a victory over his struggle with the king. But David ended up seeing it quite differently.
David was aware that God had anointed Saul to be king over Israel. Thus, only God could remove this anointing. David was aware that Saul was not just who Saul was, but who he was in God.
We do not live in a theocracy where God literally anoints someone with oil, like he anointed Saul. But we do live in a time where God has chosen to relate to each and every human. In John 3:16, we learn that every single human being is encompassed in the reason for the cross. In 1 Timothy 2:4, we learn that God desires all people to be moved into a saving relationship with Him. We can surmise that every person we meet is important to God. Who are we to question the value of those that God loves?
David said, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to the LORD’s anointed.” What if we began to consider Jesus’ perspective on each person we encounter? Our prejudices and judgments against people would need to be reconsidered in light of God’s relationship to them. In a sense, they are God’s anointed. The places that we find ourselves gridlocked in relationship by our defensive reactions and demonization of the other would need to be rethought.
Jesus, we know that we are beneficiaries of your mercy and grace. Open our eyes that we might see the ways that your potential anointing flows upon those around us. We ask you to show us, in particular, the love you have for those who are difficult in our lives. Expand our hearts to love others as you love them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.