Behaving Wisely

1 Samuel 18:14 And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him.

David was one of the most prosperous people in the Bible. His prosperity wasn’t just financial but he was successful in almost everything he did. Part of the reason that David was successful was the the Lord was with him but the other reason he was successful was that he behaved wisely in everything that God put in front of him.

In 1 Samuel 18 we see six areas that David behaved wisely:

  1. Wise in Friendships: Jonathan loved David with all of his soul. Why was Jonathan so impressed with David? His talk was backed up by his actions. David said he would be successful in killing Goliath and went out and did it. David’s life was impressive and that attracted others. Let our life and action speak for themselves. If we live with integrity it will draw people to us.
  2. Wise in Recognition: “Saul killed thousands and David ten thousand” That is what the country was singing. Needless to say it didn’t make Saul too happy but David didn’t let it go to his head. We need to make sure that when we get any recognition that we remain humble.
  3. Wise in Opposition: Jealousy sets in for Saul and he makes life difficult for David by trying to pin him to the wall with a spear…twice! What does David do in response? He pulls out his guitar (harp) and plays Saul a song. David shows love for his enemy by loving him.
  4. Wise in Responsibilities: Anybody can be behave wisely when their boss is looking over their shoulder but how do we act when our boss isn’t looking? David gets banished from the palace and sent to the army. What does he do? He just continues to do his best work and it further impresses the people.
  5. Wise in Relationships: David didn’t allow himself to get into a bad relationship. He exhibited wisdom by not getting burden down by a bad relationship.
  6. Wise in Response: When David gets a second chance at another relationship with one of Saul’s daughter he goes above and beyond the call of duty in his response. Saul asks for the foreskins of 100 Philistines and David responds by giving him 200. When we are asked to do something let our response be more than what was asked or expected.

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