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The Lord Will See

The Lord Will See

08 May 2009

Scripture:

“And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses.” (2 Samuel 16:12 NLT)

Observation:

The stories in 2 Samuel lay out both sides of David’s character – the man after God’s heart and the man who failed miserably with his own family. His failure to reproduce his faith and love for God in his sons had brought the nation to the brink of civil war.

When news of Absalom’s rebellion reached the palace, David showed his love for Jerusalem and his shepherd’s heart for his people by leaving Jerusalem and fleeing to the wilderness so the city would not be destroyed and its people killed in war.

“Then we must flee at once, or it will be too late!” David urged his men. “Hurry! If we get out of the city before he arrives, both we and the city of Jerusalem will be spared from disaster.” (2 Samuel 15:14 NLT)

As they traveled toward Jericho, Shimei, one of Saul’s relatives, ran along the nearby hillside cursing David and throwing stones and dirt at him. When one of David’s bodyguards wanted to kill Shimei, David showed his simple faith through his ability to see God behind and through the circumstances of his life.

Application:

I want simple faith like David’s faith. There’s no need to let others be hurt and God’s work destroyed by defending my territory, fighting for my rights, and wishing evil on those who speak evil of me. How much strife could be avoided if Christ-followers would take the David way.

Paul exhorted us to “as much as possible, live peaceably with all” but when conflict arises, “choose rather to be wronged than to damage Christ’s body, the church.”

Prayer:

Father, I trust you with my past, my present, and my future. Help me always take the high road and keep the well-being of the church and of your people foremost in my responses. Amen.

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