Hushai's Advice

Hushai's Advice

09 May 2009

I don’t want to make this complicated, but I see something here that really spoke to me. You’ll need to take a few minutes to read 2 Samuel 15-17 to get the full picture. I’ll sketch it for you…

31 When someone told David that his adviser Ahithophel was now backing Absalom, David prayed, “O Lord, let Ahithophel give Absalom foolish advice!” 34 David spoke to Hushai… “Return to Jerusalem and tell Absalom, ‘I will now be your adviser, just as I was your father’s adviser in the past.’ Then you can frustrate and counter Ahithophel’s advice.” 37 So David’s friend Hushai returned to Jerusalem, getting there just as Absalom arrived. (2 Samuel 15:31, 34, 37 NLT)

5 But then Absalom said, “Bring in Hushai the Arkite. Let’s see what he thinks about this.” 6 When Hushai arrived, Absalom told him what Ahithophel had said. Then he asked, “What is your opinion? Should we follow Ahithophel’s advice? If not, speak up.” 7 “Well,” Hushai replied, “this time I think Ahithophel has made a mistake... 14 Then Absalom and all the leaders of Israel said, “Hushai’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s.” For the Lord had arranged to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster upon Absalom! (2 Samuel 17:5-7, 14 NLT)

David’s chief advisor Ahithophel was wise, intelligent, and a great strategist. “..For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.” (2 Samuel 16:23) But when Absalom rebelled against David, Ahithophel sold his skill to the highest bidder.

Hushai, however, was David’s friend. God used the loyalty of a friend to defeat the professional wisdom of a betrayer. When push comes to shove, I’d rather have a loyal friend at my side.


Father, I ask that, like Hushai, I may be known as a friend. Let me build a life that is relationship-rich and friendship-friendly. I want to live so that when crisis comes I’ll be a friend and I’ll have a friend. Amen.

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