Julio C. Rivas, Cs
This biblical story has given me wisdom, self-correction courage and protection over the years.
Whatever Saul gave David to do, he did it—and did it well. So well that Saul put him in charge of his military operations. Everybody, both the people in general and Saul’s servants, approved of and admired David’s leadership. … This made Saul angry—very angry. He took it as a personal insult. He said, “They credit David with ‘ten thousands’ and me with only ‘thousands.’ Before you know it they’ll be giving him the kingdom!” From that moment on, Saul kept his eye on David. The next day an ugly mood was sent by God to afflict Saul, who became quite beside himself, raving. David played his harp, as he usually did at such times. Saul had a spear in his hand. Suddenly Saul threw the spear, thinking, “I’ll nail David to the wall.” David ducked, and the spear missed. This happened twice. Now Saul feared David. It was clear that God was with David and had left Saul. (TM, I Sam. 18:5-12)
When we tie the story to these sentences by M. B. Eddy we augment our spiritual enlightenment: “If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood.” And, “Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for the immortal. Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self.”
Saul destroyed himself because he did not excise his invidious and insidious motivations. David’s ongoing receptivity to LOVE-MIND augmented his wisdom and talents, sheltered him from evil, and generated great victories.
But when we are befogged by carnal passions we cannot seize the spiritual treasures LOVE is pouring into us.
It is never hopeless, though, because even terrible misery, despair and chaos can be turned into moments of spiritual metamorphosis, enhancement and triumph. We can submit to TRUTH-LOVE and appropriate more health, life and goodness than we ever imagined was possible.