by Rev Jason Phua
Readings: 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29; Proverb 15:18-19
READ (Verse chosen for meditation)
1 Samuel 22:14 “Then Ahimelech answered the king, “And who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and captain over your bodyguard, and honored in your house?”
The priest Ahimelech is perhaps one of the lesser known characters of the Bible. Nevertheless, in a time of crisis, his response to the accusations from one of the most insecure and dangerous man of his time (King Saul) was full of courage. If we are to trace the story from 1 Samuel 20, we would know that Ahimelech could have easily defended himself by saying that David deceived him. Yet, he was no opportunist like Deog the Edomite. While Ahimelech did not deny his actions towards David; he boldly questioned Saul’s interpretation of his motives behind those actions. In the end, Ahimelech’s courage to question Saul’s baseless accusations earned him the sword. Tragically, all but one of his sons Abiathar escaped the slaughter. To what end courage?
Being accused for something we have not done is never an easy thing to go through. Many of us would have easily stood up to defend ourselves. However, being falsely accused by an emotionally insecure person who has power over your family’s and your own life is another matter. During such a time, clinging on to the truth wouldn’t come as easy as it has been preached over the comfort of a pulpit.
At one point of my life, i was falsely accused by an emotionally insecure and petty person; who also happened to have certain authority over a big decision which i was about to make. After some considerations, i chose to question the person and went for the truth. The result was that my family and I went through a harsh period of living under the lies of one person. Yet several years later, just as Ahimelech’s only surviving son played a large role in David’s life; my family and I are completely vindicated by God in the truth. Was defending the truth worth it? I can only say that the process was excruciating; but then the fruit is worth it but only because God is worthy and able.
Help us O Lord, in times when we are called to make difficult choices involving the pleasing of God over the pleasing of men. Help us to know that even though there might be heavy costs involved, it is for your glory because You are worthy.