I Samuel 18:5, 14, 15 "And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants… And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him."
I believe we all can think of numerous things in our society that are offsetting. A whining rebellious child in a grocery store, a reckless inconsiderate driver on the freeway, a disrespectful teenager, officials that live by a double standard, a young adult with no discretion, or an elderly individual with a bitter spirit. Though we live in a world of offsetting, and distasteful attitudes and dispositions, God has called His children to be a step above the natural.
I have always admired the youth lifespan of David and can recall many times looking to his example as a young person. The Bible mentions three times in this chapter that he behaved himself wisely.
We know that wisdom is seeing and responding to life through God’s perspective. Knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
David behaved himself wisely in the eyes of his peers. Probably the hardest stand a young person will take is in the presence of their peers. However, a young person that is willing to take a stand and live right and wisely regardless of what their peers may think is probably one of the most attractive feats in the eyes of God. Remember Phinehas and his strong stand for God and righteousness? He stayed God’s plague of judgment because of His zeal in Numbers 25.
David behaved himself wisely in the eyes of his authorities. You’ve probably heard the saying; children are to be seen and not heard. I don’t know where they came from, but in light of a young man that has a desire to learn from older men, it’s not too bad of a principle to live by. I’m thankful my dad always tried to position me next to older wiser men and taught me to watch, listen, and learn. Speak less, listen more.
David behaved himself wisely after great success and victory. What a tempting trap that is laid out before a young person to allow pride to creep in upon the summit of success or victory. We see it in sports excessively. Young athletes so quickly successful and rich, yet so foolish and immature. We feel as if we have arrived because we have gained a successful job, independence, a new car, a successful ministry, we scored the winning shot for our team, or we rise to the top of our peers academically. Wise behavior would remind us to be humble, thankful, and acknowledge God and others who helped us summit the mountain of victory.
Though David had his flaws in his later life, I believe as a young person we can look to his example to see how we can behave ourselves wisely.
The success of the men of faith, their efforts, and their courage, came because they had something in common, they were people who lived in the Word of God.
Life does not consist of that which we possess. Joy doesn’t come from getting what we want.