We live in a society that tends to look for quick fixes; however, the shortest way is not always the best way. The quick fix does not always provide the blessing we need. It is so easy to take shortcuts and detours to avoid the long journey, but remember, the race is not given to the swift, but to those who endure to the end. There are no shortcuts; yet, people look for them every day, falsifying resumes or committing other fraudulent, deceptive acts just to get ahead. All of these shortcuts lead to self-destruction and alienation from God, and often cause pain to others. In 1 Samuel 26:8, we find these words:
“‘God has surely handed your enemy over to you this time!’ Abishai whispered to David. ‘Let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t need to strike twice!’
This story requires that we read the entire chapter in order that we don’t miss the significance of this one verse. David could not do things his own way, nor could he completely trust those giving him advice. His faith had to be strong, and he had to have a willingness to follow the Lord’s command. I pray, as we read this story, that we will clearly understand the movement of God in our lives. God knows the plans that He has for us. We must be willing to follow all the way with no shortcuts!