Was today the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Please don’t let the king make an accusation against your servant or any of my father’s household, for your servant didn’t have any idea about all of this.” But the king said, “You will die, Ahimelech – you and your father’s whole family!” Then the king ordered the guards standing by him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord because they sided with David. For they knew he was fleeing, but they didn’t tell me.” But the king’s servants would not lift a hand to execute the priests of the Lord. 1 Samuel 22:15-17 HCSB
Have you ever had to take a stand against something that violates God’s laws and principles? We now live in a world where radical people force others to denounce their faith in God and pledge allegiance to their god. Many of these faithful Christians have refused to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ and as a result have been persecuted. Some have even been killed because of their unwillingness to violate God’s laws and principles.
The king’s servants would not follow the order of the king to kill the priests of the Lord. They knew that Saul was acting out of fear and jealousy and that Ahimelech and his family did not have any intention of betraying Saul. The servants feared the wrath of God more than they feared the wrath of the king. They took a stand and did what was right.
Challenge: As believers we may be called upon to take a stand against something that violates God’s laws and principles. We must be willing to say “no” to the temptation to do something that is wrong. Ask God to help you and give you the strength you need to take a stand against the evils in our world.