每日诗歌: I love you Lord (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iprSm9oyVpM)
2 Samuel 15 [Read]
2 Samuel 16 [Read]
Luke 20:27-47 [Read]
I used to work on physical testing of plastic materials. Samples might look identical in normal condition, but their response to physical stress distinguished them. Life is the same way. Stresses from the outside world can reveal what a person is made of inside.
The rebellion of Absalom is the judgment from God (12:10-12), but it is also the opportunity to reveal the true characters of David. His reaction when he heard about Absalom’s rebellion was worth pondering (15:14). Why didn’t he stay and fight? After all, he was the anointed King of Israel and he had God’s promise for a lasting throne. A spiritual giant should have stayed and weathered the storm under God’s protection. But that was not David. He cared for the people more than his own status, and he willingly submitted to God’s judgment instead of forcing God’s hand to protect him his way. The wellbeing of the people of God overrides personal conviction of so-called faith, and this is the tough call every servant of God will have to face someday. Fleeing from harm sometimes requires total submission.
David refused to bring the Ark, for “if I find favor in the LORD’s eyes, he will bring me back” (15:25). If God indeed wanted to take the kingship away from him, “I am ready, and let him do to me whatever seems good to him” (15:26). He had no intention to use the LORD like the Israelites did (1Sam 4:3), and he put God’s will above his own life and status. “Let him do whatever seems good to him” means total surrender.
The behavior of Shimei disgusted me. He took the opportunity to vent his personal vengeance, and he wasn’t even smart in doing it. Many people followed David at the time, and they were all pretty downcast. Killing a person like Shimei would have been a great way to vent frustration (16:9). But David did not allow it, because he saw that as coming from the LORD (16:10, 11). If Shimei did not shamelessly change his attitude (19:18-20), he might not be killed later on (1 Kg 2:8). Ignoring intentional and irrational attacks sometimes takes total humility.
I am not sure if I could have done as well as David did, and that’s why he was the one after God’s own heart. But the most important thing is that God was protecting him all along (17:14), for “the LORD gives grace to the humble” (Prov 3:34). For those who are being disciplined by God right now, that gives comfort and hope.
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