1Sam 21-24 The downward spiral of King Saul is revealed, and his jealousy overtakes his ability to make wise decisions. In sharp contrast, David uses the circumstance in a cave to teach his followers what it means to lead and how followers should follow. Christ did the same in the NT when He told the disciples to follow Him and obey His commandments. How does one face this character flaw of jealousy when one knows their life is in jeopardy? David could have killed Saul while he was in the cave, but he chose not to do so, for he knew Saul was God’s anointed. It was not David’s turn to be king, and so he chose to teach his followers the principle of respecting those God had placed in authority, whether they be good or bad.
How do we face danger? Do we choose to obey God first, or does our fear of man direct us? Remember the principle of Prov 29:25 “the fear of man is a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” David chose to trust the Lord, and we should as well.