May 27
‘Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’ Luke 6:28
Bible reading: 2 Samuel 16:5-14 (Go to the Bible passage)
King David was a man who dearly loved God, and in spite of stumbling he always reckoned with God in all he did. But a servant of God can experience hardship too. Vain, ambitious prince Absalom rounded the whole of Israel up against his father, David.
When David was informed, he did not prepare for battle against his son, even though David was a great and brave hero. He wanted to avoid bloodshed (2 Samuel 15:14) and put his trust in God. ‘If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, He will bring me back,’ (2 Samuel 15:25). Had God not told Moses, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still’ (Exodus 14:14)? David - the mighty warrior for God - knew that not he, but God would fight his battles. For whoever defends his own rights, will never know if God is with him. Therefore David said, ‘I am ready; let Him do to me whatever seems good to Him’ (2 Samuel 15:26).
Who really desires to fight God’s battles, should no longer defend his own causes or his own honor anymore. This rule of conduct for the kingdom of God will be severely tested in the life of anyone who risks all for God’s sake.
When David yielded to his son Absalom, this was not yet enough. Shimei felt the need to curse David on this shameful road of humiliation and God was dragged in as well. ‘The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned!’ (:8a). But even then David persisted in trusting in his God. ‘Let him curse (:11) … It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me His covenant blessing instead of His curse today’ (:12).
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