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Show Loyalty

05 May 2009

Scripture:

1 Some time after this, King Nahash of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun became king. 2 David said, “I am going to show complete loyalty to Hanun because his father, Nahash, was always completely loyal to me.” So David sent ambassadors to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death… (1 Chronicles 19:1-2 NLT)

Observation:

David did a kind and thoughtful thing but it was misinterpreted and unappreciated. In fact it led to the Ammonites mobilizing an army of their own forces and Aramean mercenaries against David and Israel. David responded to the threat, scattered the enemy, and went home.

Then the Ammonites and Arameans regrouped and confronted David again. David’s army so completely routed the Arameans and defeated the Ammonites that they no longer threatened Israel and this led to lasting peace.

Application:

Don’t get worked up when people misunderstand your good intentions and react badly. Don’t go on the warpath and get all paranoid about it. Respond calmly and thoughtfully with the attitude of General Joab, “May the Lord’s will be done!”

When I think about being misunderstood or attacked, about the schemes and manipulations of people, I take comfort in this verse that is part of my daily reading “vitamins for the soul.”

11 The Lord has said to me in the strongest terms: "Do not think like everyone else does. 12 Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. 13 Do not fear anything except the Lord Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. (Isaiah 8:11-13 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, please help me to be pure in my motives and secure in your protection and approval even when I’m misunderstood by others. I want to dance for an audience of one. I trust you to do whatever you see needs doing. Amen.

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