February 1, 2016
Today King David finds himself again on the run against an adversary. But this time his pursuer is his own son Absalom. The story of Absalom is an interesting one both from the point of view of a protective, yet vindictive brother, and also from the viewpoint of a disciplinarian dad who regrets his harsh punishment because of his great love for that same son. Absalom is not relieved by his dad’s meager show of remorse. And just as the Prophet Nathan prophesied, because of David’s adultery with Bathsheba, David would be outcast and his own wives would be scandalized.
Even the townspeople would be cursing David as he fled Jerusalem. In response to one such persecutor, Abishai, son of Zeruiah, said to the king: “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over, please, and lop off his head.” 2_Sm_15:13-14,30;16:5-13
Funny, sometimes don’t we just feel the same way about some of the loud mouths around us! And yet, David goes on to explain how this was God’s will. And who are we to judge what God has done to put us to the test. Maybe that loud mouth will get the promotion. Maybe we will be the one fired. Maybe, in the blink of an eye, they’ll be running our country. All God asks of us – is mercy. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.” It doesn’t mean we don’t stand up for what is right. But unlike Absalom and Abishai, we also don’t vindictively kill everyone whom we dislike either: “Let me lop off his head!” For in time, we just may find ourselves hanging from a tree by our hair with a sword through our heart!
Trust in God, beloved! Believe in Jesus! And follow His way – all the way to our own crosses! But rather than grieving the journey, enjoy every moment of it, for that cross makes us stronger with every step we take!!!
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