Notes from the Journey with David – 22

22. Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul (1 Samuel 23:12).
At the end of the day, people will protect themselves. Though David rescued the people of Keilah and Saul never lifted a finger to help them, these same people would respond in fear if pressed by the King. Whether that’s right or fair is immaterial. David is wise enough to anticipate it as reality and make appropriate preparations. The lesson here is that ultimately self-preservation is the final decision-maker. One shouldn’t expect to be defended by others at all costs. Such loyalty is extremely rare. Regardless of the should be, David acts on the will be, and he proves correct in assuming the men of Keilah would turn him over to Saul.

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