"Now Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, but had departed from Saul. Therefore Saul removed him from his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him. Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them."
(I Samuel 18:12-16)
So what does it mean to behave wisely? To behave wisely is to allow the counsel of the living God to be headship and ruler over every area of your life. Not just the areas of your life that is easy to give up but to surrender every area of your life to God and trust Him with it, even while in the midst of hardship and turmoil.
To behave wisely is to walk humbly and obey those that are in authority over you, albeit your church pastor, boss, elders, or likewise. Whether or not you feel the people in authority over you have earned their position should have no bearing on whether or not you respect and obey them. You don't behave wisely and respect authority because they deserve it, you do it simply because God said so. (See Romans 13)
King Saul acted upon his feelings of envy and jealousy and twice tried to take David's life, yet David continued to humble himself and to obey the orders instructed by the king. Rest assured, not an easy thing to do!
Now, if there comes a time when someone in authority over you tries to instruct you to do something that is unethical or immoral; you should obey the King of all kings and not compromise your moral positions. Those who find it difficult to say "no" to sin because of being influenced by an authority figure, fear man more than God and have not yet been matured in Christ.
Behaving wisely will allow the Lord to protect and preserve your life daily. The true "litmus test" of one who acts wisely is based upon their actions when no one is watching. That is when one's true character is revealed and comes to fruition. Sure, it's easy to be on your best behavior when you are in the presence of your church members, in-laws, your boss, or your pastor; but who are you really when no one is watching? God alone knows.
Hopefully, you are one that behaves wisely at all times. Simply because you live a life of wanting to please God, not just man. In this, He will preserve your life from your enemies, bless the work of your hands, and guide your life.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .