The Cave Of Engedi

And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave. And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. 1 Samuel 24:3‭-‬4 KJV

Keep doing good. Don’t let your opponent set the life standard for your behaviour. You have an objective source for your actions. Don’t be guided by biology. Biology wants reactions to every stimulus. Wise people learn to interrupt the chemistry of stimulus and response. We are not robots. We can interrupt those stimulus. Several studies have been done on response interruption and redirection in children and adults( Behavioural Interventions Vol.34, Issue 1 ). This is what we’ve learnt from Viktor Frankl from his experiences in the concentration camp, ” Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”( 1946 ). David made his choice, not from the suggestions and prophetic gimmicks of his associates. David chose right. Would you be surprised that even his heart smote him after he cut his masters dress? Did you read that David bowed while talking to the king? Yet, David had the anointing. At least in this case, David was a master of his stimulus-response space. How do you handle yours? When Peter brought out his knife to cut someone’s ears, the master stopped him. Your maturity is a reflection of your mastery of that space. May God help us in Jesus Name.

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