Cover to Cover
Reading: 2 Samuel 14:25-17:29
Focus: 2 Samuel 15:32-37; 17:5-16
How often have you just wished that you could intervene in a situation and, for lack of a better word, sabotage it. It wasn’t going the right way, people were going to end up getting hurt, it was unjust and wasn’t going the way that it should have! And you can do something about it, so why wouldn’t you?
When Absalom threatened his father’s throne, David fled and along the way was met by Hushai, one of his advisors. David convinced Hushai to go to Absalom, offer his services and use his advice to frustrate the advice of others. He played his part well, and his advice was accepted over the advice of others. In the end, the rejected advisor went away and hung himself.
Absalom had rebelled against his father, King David, and he had taken his advisor, Ahithophel, into his courts. However, God allowed Hushai to frustrate the advice of Ahithophel, the men of Israel preferred Hushai’s advice over Ahithophel. It was God who sabotaged and frustrated the plans of Absalom, for he had rebelled against the king, his father, David.
Vengeance belongs to God. If we trust that God is faithful and just, then we should trust that He will avenge His people for the wrong that is committed against them. If we were to take vengeance into our own hands, it is rarely out of a righteous or holy justice, but out of anger. God will judge, and will not leave us at a loss.
Next Reading: 2 Samuel 18:1-20:3