Throughout the book of I Samuel, God, through Samuel and others, made it clear to King Saul that the kingdom of Israel was no longer his (15:26). It was also clear that David was God’s anointed and would one day be the king (18:12, 24:20).
Despite this, Saul continued to pursue keeping the throne and as part of that quest he sought to kill David.
In I Samuel 23:7 we read an interesting thing as Saul pursues David:
Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.”
The self-deception here is enormous. Despite God’s clear message to the contrary, Saul believes God approves of his plan to kill David and he even believes God is orchestrating events to help him do so.
Saul is confusing his evil desires with the will of God and is interpreting circumstances in light of those desires rather than in light of the Word of God.
How often we can do this!
Many times we want things God’s word says we cannot have – a romance with someone other than our spouse, something our neighbor owns, marriage to an unbeliever, etc. We sometimes want these things so badly that to get them we are willing to ignore God’s Word or, like Saul, twist it so that God appears to approve of what we want.
However, our theology must be grounded in the word of God and not our desires. God has never promised to fulfill all our desires but he has promised to work all things together for our good if we are His followers (Romans 8:28). Simply put, nothing we desire that God forbids is good for us.
Take time to examine the desires of your heart. Are you willing to give up pursuing those things not in conformity to the Word of God? Pray and ask God to mold your desires until they are shaped like His.